Hima Das second fastest junior in the world in 2018

Lakshmanan and Suriya make it a 5000m double for India.

Hima Das, the National Open champion, had finished fifth in the under-18 Worlds in Nairobi in 2017. (File Photo)   -  Twitter

Assam’s Hima Das, who turned 18 last Friday, gave herself a late birthday present by clocking a personal best 23.59s for the women’s 200m gold at the invitational athletics meet, a test event for 2018’s Asian Games, in Jakarta on Tuesday.

That time was the second fastest in the world this year in the under-20 age group and easily made the entry standard (24.20s) for this year’s under-20 Worlds in Finland. However, one is not sure whether the Jakarta meet can be counted as a qualification meet for the Worlds. Efforts to contact C.K. Valson, the Athletics Federation of India Secretary who is now in Jakarta, proved futile.

Hima, the National Open champion, had finished fifth in the under-18 Worlds in Nairobi in 2017.

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SURYA’S PERSONAL BEST

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu’s G. Lakshmanan, a double gold medallist at last year’s Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar, and L. Suriya made it a 5000m double for India.

Lakshmanan won the men’s gold comfortably and National champion Suriya, despite being the lone runner in the women’s event, clocked a personal best.

N.V. Sheena bagged the women’s triple jump gold as India won all the events it featured in today.

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The results (gold medallists and Indians only):

Men: 200m: 1. Yang Chun-Han (Tpe) 20.88s. 5000m: 1. G. Lakshmanan (Ind) 13:56.30s. Pole vault: 1. Richsan Fauzan (Ina) 4.90. Hammer throw: 1. Jackie Wong (Mas) 64.96m.

Women: 200m: 1. Hima Das (Ind) 23.59s. 5000m: 1. L. Suriya (Ind) 15:39.18s. Triple jump: 1. N.V. Sheena (Ind) 13.33m. Javelin throw: 1. H.L. Nadeesha (Sri) 55.13m.