Hima Das starts favourite to win gold at World U-20 Championships | More sports News
It’s a uncommon event that an Indian sprinter traces up in a world championship because the one to beat, with the 18-year-old Das being the U-20 season chief on this quartermile occasion.
If the Assam lady, who runs within the heats on Tuesday, occurs to win the gold, she is going to develop into the primary Indian athlete to take action in a monitor occasion in an U-20 World Championships.
Star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra had received a gold within the final version of this championship in Poland in 2016 with a world junior file effort which nonetheless stands to his identify.
Das clocked an Indian U-20 file of 51.32 seconds to complete sixth within the Commonwealth Video games 400m ultimate in Gold Coast in April. Since then, she has gone onto enhancing her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 file in 400m to 51.13 seconds whereas successful gold within the latest Nationwide Inter State Championships in Guwahati.
Requested if she will be able to decrease the nationwide file of 51.05 which stands within the identify of Manjit Kaur of Punjab since 2004, Das had mentioned, “I’ve not considered it, we are going to see.”
Das, who has been named within the Indian contingent for the upcoming Asian Video games, has joined the workforce in Finland from Czech Republic the place she has been coaching after the Guwahati occasion.
A 15-member 400m workforce (7 girls and eight males) has been despatched by the Athletics Federation of India on the Praha Jablonec Sports activities Advanced close to Prague as a part of preparations for the Asian Video games.
It is not going to, nevertheless, be straightforward for Das to seize the highest spot within the championship as she is going to face a powerful problem from america duo of Taylor Manson and Symone Mason.
Taylor is rounding into kind on the good time after taking victory on the US Junior Championships in a private finest time of 51.74 in her final outing on June 17. Runner-up that day was Symone, who ran 51.83 to safe her spot in Tampere. She has clocked 51.53 this yr and can seemingly be within the medal shake-up.
Cuba’s Roxana Gomez is the one different athlete who has gone beneath 52 seconds and the 19-year-old has appreciable championship expertise, having completed fifth on the IAAF World U-18 Championships in 2015 and sixth on the final version of the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
She clocked a Cuban U-20 file of 51.46 final yr to win the Pan American U-20 Championships, and her quickest this yr is 51.95.
Das is main a 31-member Indian athletics workforce on the six-day championship and he or she will not be the one athlete who can be competing for medals.
Amongst males, junior nationwide file holder lengthy jumper M Sreeshankar can be hoping to complete on the rostrum. The Kerala lengthy jumper’s private finest of seven.99m set on the Federation Cup in March is the fourth finest by a junior athlete this yr. He received a bronze on the Asian Junior Championships in Japan final month with an effort of seven.47m.
Cuba’s 18-year-old Maykel Vidal will begin as favorite in males’s lengthy leap. Vidal is the world U-20 chief courtesy of his eight.12m leap in Havana final month.
One other Cuban Lester Lescay additionally jumped eight.07m in Havana whereas Japan’s Yuki Hashioka leapt eight.05m to win his nationwide championships in Osaka final yr. In 2018, he has improved to eight.09m a fortnight in the past.
Additionally seeking to carry kind from the Asian Junior Championships would be the Indian hammer throw pair of Ashish Jhakar and Damneet Singh who took first and second locations at Gifu in Japan final month. Jhakhar’s throw of 76.86m locations him at sixth amongst junior athletes this season whereas Singh’s season better of 74.08 locations him at 11th.