Hima Das
File image of Assam girl Hima Das crashing out of Doha event due to 'back pain'. Image courtesy: Twitter/@afiindia

The Indian team suffered a major setback on Sunday as Assam-born junior world champion Hima Das suffered an injury to crash out of the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships under way at the Khalifa International Stadium at Doha in Qatar.

Reports stated that India’s medal hope Hima Das suffered a back pain and pulled out halfway through women’s 400m semi-finals.

Nineteen-year-old Hima Das who hails from a village near Dhing in Nagaon district of Assam hogged the limelight in 2018 as she won a 400m gold at the World U20 Championships at Tampere in Finland.

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Hima is currently also the national record holder with 50.79s clocked in the 2018 Asian Games.

This Asian Championships is crucial as the gold medallist gets the automatic qualification for the World Championships. This competition is also an ideal platform to accumulate ranking points if an athlete fails to achieve the stiff entry standards prescribed by the international federation.

Dutee Chand of India broke her own national record to qualify for the women’s 100m semi-finals on the first day of the event today.

She broke her own national record of 11.29s set in Guwahati last year.

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