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Hopes of India at World Championships 2019, Doha

The 17th edition of the IAAF World Athletics Championships is scheduled to start from 27th September 2019. We have great hope for Indians to emerge as winners!

Surbhi Khera
Last updated: 10.09.2019
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The 2019 IAAF Athletics Championships is the 17th edition of the IAAF World Athletics Championships, which will be held between 27th September and 6th October 2019 in Doha, Qatar at the multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium. There are 214 member federations of the IAAF which are expected to participate in the Championships.

There is a rainbow of hope from Indians, that they will for sure be victorious and bring pride to the country. There are a lot of athletes who have qualified to participate in IAAF World Championships, such as Anas, Jinson Johnson, Avinash Sable, Jabir MP & Dharun A, Shivpal Singh, Gopi Thonakkal & Nitendra Rawat, Irfan KT and in women’s, Anjali Devi, Asian queen PU Chitra, Annu Rani, Sudha Singh etc.



Mohammad Anas Yahiya

He is an Indian sprinter who specializes in the 400 meters distance. He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 400 Meters and the 4 x 400 m relay, and holds the national record of 45.24 in the 400 meters, which he set at the 2019 Czech Athletics Championships. He also re-wrote this record and has qualified for the World Athletics Championships. The World Championships qualification time is 45.30 seconds in men’s 400 m race.

Jinson Johnson

He is an Indian middle-distance runner who specializes in the 800 and 1500 meters event. He participated in the 800 meters event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. In 2018, he finished 5th setting a new national record in the 1500 meters race by breaking the 23-year-old record of Bahadur Prasad. He won a gold medal and a silver medal in 2018 Jakarta 1500 m and 800 m race respectively. Asian Games gold medalist broke his own 1500 m national record while clinching silver in the ISTAF Berlin and thus qualified for the event by breaking his own national record. He will be participating in 1500 m race.

Gopi Thonakal

He is an Indian athlete who has qualified to represent India at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the marathon event. He is the first and so far the only Indian athlete to win a gold medal in Asian Marathon Championship. He qualified for the World Championship after finishing 11th in the Seoul International Marathon.

PU Chitra

Palakkeezhil Unnikrishnan Chitra is an Indian Middle-distance runner who specializes in the 1500 m distance. She won gold medals at the 2016 South Asian Games and 2017 Asian Championships and a bronze at the 2018 Asian Games. She also won a gold medal at the 109 Doha Asian Athletics Championships, is thus a great hope for getting another victory in the IAAF World Championships 2019. She also became the only Indian to have retained the Asian Athletics Championships title in the recent edition of the meet in Doha.

Anjali Devi

Haryana’s Anjali Devi won in the women’s 400 m with her stunning 51.79 seconds and won the National Open gold. The qualification time was 51.80 s. She will be participating in 400 m race.


Sudha Singh

She is an Indian Olympic athlete in the 3000 meters steeplechase event. A national record holder in the event, she has represented India at the international event since 2005. She is an Asian Champion in the discipline and has won 2 gold and 4 silver medals at the different edition of the Asian Games and the continental Championships.

Sudha Singh along with Nitendra Singh Rawat qualified for the IAAF World Championships in Doha and both bagged top podium finished among the Indian women’s and men’s athletes in full marathon respectively. Sudha finished 8th   in 2:34:56 which was her personal best and course record among Indian women here and is second-fastest time by Indian women ever, just 13 seconds away from the Indian national record held by O.P. Jaisha. Whereas Rawat clocked 2:15:52 in the men’s race, he missed the course record by a mere four seconds.


We have a lot of hope from our Indian athletes that they win bring victory and pride to their country by emerging as winners and performing well. We wish them all the best for IAAF World Championships 2019!

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