Hima Das qualified for the semi-finals of women’s 200 m early Tuesday morning at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta of Indonesia.
Though Hima missed out on direct qualification for the semifinal for the women’s 200m event, but earned a spot as a ‘lucky loser’ as at the end of all the heats, she has the fastest time of all athletes who finished fourth.
At her heats, Hima finished at the fourth spot with a timing of 23.47 seconds.
Earlier on Sunday, the star sprinter from Assam, won silver the women’s 400 m race of Asian Games 2018 by finishing at 50.79 seconds breaking her all-time personal and national record.
The gold was won by Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser who finished at 50.09 seconds.
Eighteen-year-old Hima Das is the second athlete after Bhogeswar Baruah to have won a medal in Asian Games. Bhogeswar Baruah, an Arjuna Award winner, is a 800 m gold medallist in the 1966 Asian Games.
Hima Das, who hails from Dhing in Assam’s Nagaon district, scripted history by becoming the first ever Indian woman to win gold at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships held at Tampere in Finland.
Hima Das’ timing of 51.32 seconds at the Commonwealth Games placed her sixth in a world-class field but a run in 51.46 seconds at Tampere made her the first Indian woman to win a gold at an IAAF World Junior Championships.
The 18-year old sprinter, after finishing sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400 m final in Gold Coast in April, has gone onto improving her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400 m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter State Championships in Guwahati