- Hima Das won gold in the 200m event at the Poznan Grand Prix.
- She registered a timing of 23.65 seconds.
- Overall, Indian athletes won 5 medals in the competition.
India’s star under-20 World champion quarter miler Hima Das, proved her worth again by winning the women’s 200m gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix on Tuesday. She had been struggling with a recurring back injury.
Hima, who holds a personal best of 23.10s, finished at 23.65s. Her teammate V.K. Vismaya, on the other hand, beat Iga Baumgart-Witan of Poland to finish third with a personal best of 23.75s. Vismaya had also scaled her personal best in the 400m only a few days ago.
Hima Das finishes on the top in 200 metres in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix. pic.twitter.com/fbeWVKxtXE
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Indian Runners Shine
400m National record holder Muhammed Anas finished third on the podium in the men’s 200m with a season-best timing of 20.75s. Nirmal Noah Tom also registered a personal best 21.30s although he had to suffice himself with a fifth finish. Mohan Kumar, unfortunately, didn’t finish the event. South Africa’s Thando Dlodlo was the victorious one at 20.60s.
Elsewhere, K.S. Jeevan clinched the men’s 400m bronze with a satisfactory timing of 47.25s whereas Kunhu Muhammed ended up at fifth spot with 47.48s.
The event’s race ‘B’ was always going to be an all-India affair, with MR Poovamma pulling out of the women’s main 400m race.
In her absence, it was Sarita Ben Gayakwad who came in at the 5th position with a time of 54.21s. R Vithya (54.33) and V. Subha (54.35) too gave their personal bests, thus taking the next two spots. V.K. Shalini followed next in the fourth spot with a timing of 56.14s in-turn followed by Sarita was fifth.
Tajinder Pal Singh Toor, an Asian champion, bagged the men’s shot put bronze. He registered a fourth round effort of 19.62m to get there while European champion Michal Haratyk came first at 21.26m.
200m: 1. Thando Dlodlo (RSA, 20.60s), 3. Muhammed Anas (IND, 20.75), 5. Nirmal Noah Tom (21.30), Mohan Kumar (DNF).
400m: 1. Rafal Omelko (Pol, 46.92s), 3. K.S. Jeevan (IND, 47.25), 5. Kunhu Muhammed (47.48).
Shot put: 1. Michal Haratyk (Pol, 21.26m), 3. Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (IND, 19.62).
200m: 1. Himas Das (IND, 23.65s), 3. V.K. Vismaya (IND, 23.75), 6. Sonia Baishya (24.50).
400m (overall after races ‘A’ and ‘B’): 1. Roxana Gomez (Cub, 52.24s), 5. Sarita Ben (IND, 54.21), 6. R. Vithya (IND, 54.33), 7. V. Subha (IND, 54.35), 9. V.K. Shalini (IND, 56.14).