National Federation Cup athletics: Hima Das beats Priya Mohan to 200m crown


Guwahati: Indian sprinter Hima Das won her first gold medal of the season in the women’s 200m race on the final day of the National Federation Cup Senior Athletics 2022 in Kozhikode on Wednesday.

Competing on a gusty day at C H Muhammed Koya Stadium, Hima Das clocked 23.63s to leave Aishwarya Kaila Mishra and Priya Mohan behind. Aishwarya clocked 23.64s to bag silver while Priya Mohan earned bronze with 23.85s.

Hima Das had already met both the Asian and Commonwealth Games qualifying standards at the Indian Grand Prix 1 held earlier this year. However, she is yet to make the cut for the World Athletics Championships 2022.

The gold medal in 200m will be a confidence booster for Hima Das, who has been trying to transition to shorter sprints from her pet 400m due to injuries. Hima Das won the silver medal in the 400m race at the last edition of the Asian Games held in 2018.