India’s ace sprinter Hima Das, will most likely miss the Tokyo Olympics, as she suffered a hamstring injury on Saturday while running the 100m event at the Inter-State Athletics Championships in Patiala.
Hima suffered a first-grade hamstring tear after running the 100m event, and despite advise from the coaches and federation, she chose to race in the 200m event. Suffice to say, she ran a poor time of 25:03s, well outside the Olympic qualification time of 22:80s.
PD Anjali and Lovepreet Singh were the winners of the women’s and men’s 200m sprints in 24.01 seconds and 21.04 seconds respectively.
Women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams also failed to make the cut for the Tokyo Olympics
After Das was injured, the women’s 4x100m team ran with a new combination of AK Daneshwari, Archana Suseendran, S Dhanalakshmi and Dutee Chand. The women’s 4x100m relay needed a time of 43:03s to qualify, but they could only manage a time of 45:15s despite their best efforts.
The unfortunate news continues as the women’s 4x400m relay team will also miss out on the Tokyo Olympics since they slipped down to the 17th spot after the Bahamas claimed the 16th and last spot for qualification. The Bahamas gave a performance of 3:29.40s, which was only 0.02s faster than the Indian team.
Indian Men’s 4x400m team Inching Closer to Qualification for the Tokyo Olympics
The Indian Men’s 4x400m relay team ran a spectacular time of 3:01.89s at the Inter-State Athletics Meet in Patiala. The Athletics Federation of India request to consider this time was given a positive reaction by the World Athletics Federation. This allowed India to move up to the 13th spot and has comfortably put them in qualification position.