Making a strong comeback two-time Asian Games gold medallist Hima Das clocked a personal best in the women’s 100m for the second time in two days to take home the gold medal at the National Inter-State Athletics Championships 2022 in Chennai on June 11.
Competing at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Assam’s Hima Das clocked 11.43s in the 100m final to beat Dutee Chand, who finished second in 11.44s. Dhanalakhsmi Sekar, whose 11.26s in Turkey last week is the fastest time by an Indian this season, skipped the 100m race.
Champion RETURNS. @HimaDas8 won Gold Medal with the performance of 11.43 seconds in Women 100 meters in 61st National Interstate Athletics Championships in Chennai, TN. @Adille1 @Media_SAI pic.twitter.com/Uk11Yb8os2
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) June 11, 2022
“Happy to make a comeback after an injury and hard work of nearly 2 years. Looking forward to give my best in the circuit in the upcoming events. Thank you, everyone, for your love and blessings,” Hima tweeted after her medal-winning efforts.
Happy to make a comeback after an injury and hardwork of nearly 2 years. Looking forward to give my best in the circuit in the upcoming events. Thank you everyone for your love and blessings. #comeback pic.twitter.com/wsvFajN9zW
— Hima (mon jai) (@HimaDas8) June 11, 2022
Tokyo Olympian Dutee Chand, who also holds the 100m national record, had topped the semifinals on June 10 with her season-best of 11.40s while Hima Das had come third in 11.54s.
The win in the 100m sprint will be a morale booster for Hima Das ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Hima Das was highly successful in the women’s 400m races but hasn’t enjoyed the same success since shifting to shorter sprints due to persistent back injuries.
Another from Assam wins gold
Meanwhile, Amlan Borgohain won the men’s 100m final in 10.47s while Harjit Singh, who aced the semifinals, came third in the final clocking 10.55s. VK Elakkiya Dasan clocked 10.48s to finish second.