In a blow to India’s marketing campaign within the Asian Athletics Championships, dash sensation Hima Das suffered a again muscle spasm all through the 400m warmth race at the opening day in Doha on Sunday. The 19-year-old international junior champion and nationwide file holder didn’t end the warmth primary which was once received through Nadeesha Ramanayaka of Sri Lanka. “She had spasm at L4 and L5 (two lowest vertebrae within the lumbar backbone). The physician who attended her knowledgeable us and he mentioned not anything critical. She shall be OK inside an afternoon or two,” deputy leader trainer Radhakrishnan Nair mentioned in a commentary.
The harm has put Hima’s participation within the ladies’s 4x400m relay and blended 400m relay at the ultimate day doubtful regardless that Nair mentioned it was once no longer a significant harm. It’s learnt that the harm can not even be brushed aside as a minor one and whether or not Hima will participate within the ladies’s 4x400m relay and blended 400m relay shall be made up our minds in an afternoon or two.
“You can’t simply disregard the harm to be a minor one additionally. So, we need to see her situation the next day or Tuesday and take a decision after that. Arms crossed and allow us to see,” a well-placed supply instructed PTI.
The Assamese runner, who had spoken about being bothered through a again downside off and on, was once no longer anticipated to win the gold within the quarter mile tournament, however was once a medal contender. The affect of Hima’s absence, if it occurs, shall be felt within the ladies’s 4x400m relay race wherein India has traditionally ruled and is a robust gold medal contender on this championships additionally.
Hima has a non-public best possible of 50.59 seconds regardless that she has no longer been at her best possible after she took a spoil to arrange for her assessments ahead of coming again to win the Federation Cup in 52.88 seconds final month.
Bahrain’s Salwa Naser, who was once 2nd in international checklist final yr with a 49.08 seconds, is the overpowering favorite to take the gold. She had crushed Hima with ease within the Asian Video games 400m ultimate. Naser received the warmth quantity two in 52.29 seconds, forward of India’s M R Poovamma