Ace Indian sprinter Hima Das of Assam stormed into the finals of the women’s 400 metres in the IAAF Under-20 World Championships at Tampere in Finland, producing another sizzling display to win the first semi-finals heat clocking 52.10 seconds and lead the overall timings. Hima, seen as the favourite to win the gold in the quartermile event, had also clocked the fastest timings in the heats, registering 52.25 seconds.
India's 🇮🇳 Hima Das with another dazzling display to win the first semifinal in 52:10!
— IAAF (@iaaforg) July 11, 2018
#BREAKING | #Assam's Hima Das finishes 1st in 400m heats in IAAF U-20 World Championships at Tranmere, Finland; clocks 52.25 secs to register best timing in heats. Hima will become the 1st Indian athlete to win a track Gold in U20 World Championships if she wins the 400m race. pic.twitter.com/lmkvMuqnrz
— NEWS LIVE (@NewsLiveGhy) July 10, 2018
Hima will become the first Indian to win a track gold in the Under-20 World Championships if she clinches the yellow metal in the finals to be played later tonight (Thursday).
Jisna Mathew, the other Indian in the fray, however, failed to make it to the finals after finishing fifth in the second semi-final heal and 13th overall with a timing of 53.86 seconds.