Hima Das ruled out of IAAF World Championships with back injury

Hima Das will miss the IAAF World Championships in Qatar with a back injury, AFI announced on Wednesday.

Hima Das will not compete at the IAAF World Championships in Doha.   -  AFP Photo

Hima Das has been ruled out of IAAF World Championships 2019 with a back injury, the Athletics Federation of India confirmed on Wednesday.

The non-inclusion of Hima in the initial list sent by AFI to IAAF for the September 27 to October 6 showpiece event in Doha had put a question mark on her participation. She was expected to participate in the relay events.

On Wednesday, AFI confirmed she will not participate due to back injury.

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She pulled out of the individual 400m heats during the Asian Championships in Doha in April midway through the race.

At that time, deputy chief coach Radhakrishnan Nair had said that the injury was a lower back spasm (at L4 and L5, two lowest vertebrae in the lumbar spine).

As part of preparations for the World Championships, she had run just one 400m race as she was learnt to be in pain while running longer distances.

Between July 2 and 20, Hima won four gold medals in 200m and one yellow medal in 400m at sub-par races in Europe.

In August, she won a gold in 300m. She could not qualify for the World Championships in her pet event of 400m, with her season’s best remaining at 52.09sec as compared to personal best of 50.79.