Asian Games 2018: Hima Das breaks 14-year-old national record as she qualifies for 400m final

Jakarta ( Indonesia) , Aug 26 :India’s rising star Hima Das broke a 14-year-old national record when she clocked 51.00s as she qualified for the 400m final during Day 7 of the ongoing Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Saturday.

The previous national record was set by Manjit Kaur (51.05s) in Chennai in 2004.

Hima ran with Bahrain’s Salwa Naser, who is favourite to win this event and won the Heat 1 with a new Games record.

Also qualifying for the 400m final was Nirmala Sheoran, who stood fourth overall with a timing of 54.09s. It was the best effort in Heat 3.

National champion Dutee Chand, competing in her first big event after winning her gender case at the CAS, qualified for the semifinals of the women’s 100m with a timing of 11.38.

Running in lane 4, Dutee edged out Kazakhstan’s Olga Safronov (11.46) and Uzbekistan’s Nigina Sharipova (11.59) to win Heat 2.

The effort was slightly slower than her national record (11.29) and the timing of 11:32 with which she had won gold at the National Games.

With seven laps to go, Suriya was behind runners and Sanjivani was also struggling to catch up.

Asian champion Mohammed Anas also emerged as a strong gold medal contender in the men’s 400m by qualifying for the final with a timing of 45.30s. It was the fastest time in the semifinal.

Anas cut down on his timing from the Heats as he had clocked 45.63 in the morning session. (PTI inputs)

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