India’s Lalita Babar became the first Indian woman to qualify for the final of a track event at Olympics for the first time in 32 years.
She qualified for the women’s 3000m steeplechase event after finishing fourth in the qualifying heat 2 with a new national record time of 9 minutes, 19.76 seconds. She qualified at the eighth position.
Lalita, 27, has won bronze medal in the event in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, two years ago and will run the final on August 15.
The other Indian in contention, Sudha Singh, was eliminated after a poor run in heat 3. She clocked 9:43