Indian women's sprint quartet end 52-year track jinx

NEW DELHI Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:13pm IST

India's Ashwini Akkunji (L-R), Manjeet Kaur, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose celebrate winning gold for the women's 4x400 metres relay at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Ashwini Akkunji (L-R), Manjeet Kaur, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose celebrate winning gold for the women's 4x400 metres relay at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi October 12, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Adnan Abidi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's 4x400 metres women's relay quartet ran an inspired race on Tuesday to win their country's first Commonwealth Games track title since Milkha Singh won the 440 yards gold in 1958.

(For Slideshow: Commonwealth Games Highlights, click here)

Roared on by a boisterous crowd of 55,000, Mandeep Kaur repulsed the challenge of Nigeria's 400 metres hurdles champion Muizat Odumosu on the final leg to give India the title in three minutes 27.77 seconds.

Ashwini Akkunji had put India ahead on the third leg to set up the victory.

"Without doubt, this is the best moment of my career. Beating athletes from Australia and England made it more satisfying," a thrilled Akkunji told reporters.

"The crowd was amazing. Their support gave us extra motivation. At the same time, I could feel some pressure as well.

"They would have gone home really upset had we returned empty-handed tonight."

(Editing by John Mehaffey; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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