Indian athletics fans had been banking on ace sprinter Hima Das to book her ticket to Tokyo Olympics. It came as an upsetting shock after she had to miss out on what would have been her first Olympics due to injury incurred in the 100m heats at the 60th National Senior Inter-State Athletics Championships in Patiala.
Hima is a national record holder in the women’s 400m with an awe-striking timing of 50.79 seconds. The young gun has brought several accolades for the country in this event including a gold medal in the IAAF World U20 Championships in 2018 and a silver at the 2018 Asian Games.
However, early last year the national camper decided to switch from her favourite event to the shorter distances of 100m and 200m.
Hima Das: “Looking forward to Commonwealth Games 2022, Asian Games 2022 and World Championship 2022,”
Indian sprinting star, Hima Das, was expected to secure a spot in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. However, an unfortunate injury in the 100m heats at the 60th National Senior Inter-State Athletics Championships in Patiala crushed her dream of making it to what would have been her first Olympics.
Hima led the national campers’ women’s 4x100m relay team to set a new meet record on the first day of the Olympic qualifier event. Unfortunately, the 21-year-old pulled her muscle on the second day during the 100m heats. The injury forced her to pull out of the 100m and 4x100m finals. On the fifth and the last day of the meet, she got to run the women’s 200m final directly but finished out of the medal bracket.
On Tuesday, Hima Das tweeted about it. “I will miss my first Olympics due to untimely injury when I was close to achieving the qualification standard in my new events 100m and 200m. I would like to thank my coaches, support staff and my teammates for their continuous support,” she wrote.
However, the Dhing Express has assured everyone that she would “make a strong comeback” and is looking forward to the international meets lined up next year. “But i will make a strong comeback and looking forward to Commonwealth Games 2022, Asian Games 2022 and World Championship 2022,” she further added in her tweet that she captioned with a heart-breaking emoji.
The highly anticipated Tokyo Olympics will commence on 23rd July 2021. Athletics events are slated from 30th July to 8th August 2021. India announced it’s 26-member athletics squad on Monday. Prominent Indian athletes like Neeraj Chopra, Kamalpreet Kaur, Seema Punia, Tajinderpal Singh Noor among others are set to represent the country at the prestigious tournament.