Hima Das set to miss Tokyo Olympics

Ace India sprinter Hima Das, who had sustained a hamstring injury on Saturday while participating in 100m heats, is now most likely to miss the upcoming Tokyo Olympics as the women’s 4x100m, of which she was a part earlier, has clocked 44.15 seconds, which is behind the qualification mark of 43.03 seconds.

Meanwhile, Hima also tried to compete in the women’s 200m final but finished it in 25.03 seconds while the targeted time was 22.80 seconds for the Olympic qualification.

In the 200m sprints, PD Anjali (Kerala) and Lovepreet Singh (Punjab) were the winners of the women’s and men’s category, clocking 24.01 seconds and 21.04 seconds respectively.

On the other hand, discus thrower Seema Punia has successfully qualified for the showpiece event after she bagged a gold with an effort of 63.72m, 0.12m above the qualifying mark.

Punia, 37, qualified for Tokyo Olympics on the final day of the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Patiala.

Earlier, she had won a silver in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and a bronze in the 2018 Asian Games.

Earlier, Avinash Sable (men’s 3000m Steeplechase), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (men’s shot put), Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh (men’s javelin throw), M Sreeshankar (men’s long jump), Kamalpreet Kaur (women’s discus Throw) and 20km race walkers KT Irfan, Sandeep Kumar and Rahul Rohila (men) and Bhawna Jat and Priyanka Goswami (women) had qualified for the showpiece event, starting July 23 in Tokyo.

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