File photo: Hima Das

Assam sprinter Hima Das won the women’s 200m race in the second leg of the Indian Grand Prix meet at Patiala in Punjab on February 25.

Hima’s winning time of 23.31 seconds in her first race after a long layoff due to back injury could be seen as good performance, but it fell short of Tokyo Olympic qualification time of 22.80 seconds at Patiala’s National Institute of Sports.

Hima Das, the 21-year-old 2018 world junior 400m champion and national record holder of 50.79 seconds, has not done well over the one-lap race since April 2019 due to lower back pain. She has now switched to shorter sprints – 100m and 200m. She is also one of the key runners in the national women’s 4x100m relay team.

Despite being an Olympic qualifier competition, there were only two runners in the 200m competition on February 25, with Delhi’s Simrandeep Kaur taking second spot at 24.91 seconds in the one-day competition.

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