Hima Das makes winning return in 400m, clinches gold

Hima has been running a series of 200m in the last few weeks and this was her first 400m race after she retired midway through quartermile heats at the Asian championships in Doha in April.

Hima Das win gold in the 400m race. (File Photo)   -  GETTY IMAGES

Hima Das clocked a season-best 52.09s as she won the women’s 400m gold in the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix on Saturday evening.

Hima has been running a series of 200m in the last few weeks and this was her first 400m after she retired midway through quartermile heats at the Asian championships in Doha in April.

Gold for Jabir

The women’s 400m ‘A’ final, the main race, was an all-India affair and V.K. Vismaya clocked a personal-best 52.48s for the silver while M.R. Poovamma, making a comeback after an achilles injury, was fourth in 53.74.

Meanwhile national 400m record holder Muhammed Anas, who ran the 200m here, clocked 20.95s for the silver and in the men’s 400m, Noah Nirmal Tom timed 46.05 for the second place while M.P. Jabir won the men’s 400m hurdles gold in 49.66s.   

The results (winner and events featuring Indians only)

Men: 200m: 1. Jan Volko (Slo, 20.80s), 2. Muhammed Anas (20.95s).

400m: 1. Mazen Al-Yassin (KSA, 45.98s), 2. Noah Nirmal Tom (Ind) 46.05s, 3. K.S. Jeevan (Ind) 46.47, 4. Amoj Jacob (46.99), 5. P.K. Kunhu Muhammed (47.19). Others: Mohan Raja Kumar (47.20).

400m hurdles: 1. M.P. Jabir (49.66s), 4. Jithin Paul (51.45). 

Women’s 400m: 1. Hima Das (52.09s), 2. V.K. Vismaya (52.48), 3. Saritaben Gayakwad (53.28), 4. M.R. Poovamma (53.74), 5. R. Vithya (54.19). Others: V. Subha (54.22), V.K. Shalini (55.39).