Hima Das wins gold in 200m to book Asian Games ticket

Hima Das wins gold in 200m to book Asian Games ticket


GUWAHATI: Hima Das lived up to her fast rising sprint star status as she pocketed the gold in women's 200m race in a meet record-equaling time of 23.10 seconds to book a ticket for the Asian Games, on day two of the 58th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships here today. Running at lane number 7, the 18-year-old local favourite led the final race from start to the end as she left behind Dutee Chand (23.41) of Odisha by a big gap at the finish line to clock a personal best time. Another Odisha woman Srabani Nanda took the bronze in 23.87. Dutee also booked an Asian Games berth as the qualifying time in this event is 23.50. She had already clocked 23.46 in one of the heats yesterday. In men's 200m, Muhammed Anas of Kerala took the gold in 20.98 seconds but the missed the qualifying mark of 20.87. V K Elakkiya Dasan of Tamil Nadu secured the silver in 21.31 while Parveen Kumar (21.43) got the bronze. Eight athletes have so far breached the Asian Games qualifying mark set by the Athletics Federation of India. India has been allotted 102 (52 men and 50 women) spots by the organisers of the Asian Games.

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