Hima Das Wins Fourth Gold in 15 Days, Muhammad Anas Also Claims Top Spot
Mohommad Anas and Hima Das (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

New Delhi, Jul 17: Star Indian sprinter Hima Das clinched her fourth gold in a fortnight as she won the 200m race with a creditable timing in the Tabor Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic here Wednesday. Hima won the race in 23.25 seconds, which had a mediocre field with most of the competitors representing clubs of the Czech Republic. Hima's compatriot V K Vismaya was second with a season of best 23.43 seconds. Hima has a 200m personal best of 23.10 seconds. This was 19-year-old Hima's fourth gold since July 2 when she ran her first competitive race in Europe. Hima Das Bags Gold in 200 Metre Race at Poznan Athletics Grand Prix 2019 in Poland.

She has been improving since her first race. In her first competitive 200m race of the year, the Assam runner had clocked 23.65 seconds on her way to gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix 2019 in Poland on July 2. After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet, also in Poland, on July 7 with a time of 23.97 seconds.

On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic with a timing of 23.43 seconds. Hima's pet event is 400m and she is yet to qualify for the World Championships in both the quarter-mile event and the 200m. The World Championships qualifying time for 200m is 23.02 seconds, while it is 51.80 seconds in 400m.

In men's 400m, Muhammad Anas won in 45.40 seconds in a mediocre field while compatriots Tom Noah Nirmal came second with a season-best effort of 46.59 seconds. K S Jeevan was third with a timing of 46.60 seconds and M P Jabir finished fourth in 47.16 seconds. On July 13 at Kladno, Anas had bettered his own 400m national record to clinch gold and qualify for the World Championships by clocking 45.21 seconds. The World Championships qualification time is 45.30 seconds in men's 400m race.

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