Indian athletes add silver lining

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Aug 2018 08:34:23

(L) Indian Athlete Yahiya Muhammed Anas poses with his silver medal for the men’s 400m final athletics event. (C) Silver medal winner Dutee Chand at a medal ceremony of women’s 100m final track event. (R) Hima Das celebrates after securing silver medal in the women’s 400m final on Athletics track event at the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on

Sunday.

 

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Hima Das cracks 400m national record

Mohd Anas too clinches silver in 400m

Dutee Chand finishes second in 100m

HIMA Das shone the brightest with a brand new record to her name, Muhammed Anas did enough to hold on to his status of a regional force and Dutee Chand won another battle of relevance on a jinx-breaking day for India at the Asian Games. It was a day when India counted the silvers, a total of five, even though there was no gold in the tally. The country took the ninth spot in the overall standings with 36 to its credit, including seven gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze medals.


The 18-year-old Hima shattered the 400m national record for a second time in two days for her silver while Anas grabbed the second place in the same event for men.
Dutee, for long haunted by the gender dispute case that she eventually won, dug her heels for a silver in the women’s 100m in a remarkable photo-finish.Running in lane number 7, Dutee clocked 11.32 seconds, a tad below her national record of 11.29 seconds.


Odiong Edidiong of Bahrain won the gold in 11.30 while Wei Yongli of China took the bronze in 11.33 in a close finish. The 22-year-old from Odisha was taking part in his first Asian Games. She was suspended by the IAAF in 2014 under its hyperandrogenism policy but she filed an appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sports and won it. Recently, under a revised rule of the IAAF, Dutee was left outside the purview of the hyperandrogenism policy which gave her liberty to pursue her career. India’s last medal in this event was the bronze won by Rachita Mistry in 1998 Asian Games.


The silver medals from Hima and Anas were on expected lines as the gold winners in their respective events were outright pre-race favourites. Hima clocked 50.59 seconds to win the silver, while Asian champion Anas clocked 45.69 seconds in his 400m final.


Hima, the reigning Under-20 world champion, had qualified for the final with a national record time of 51.00 seconds Saturday, bettering the 14-year-old mark set by Manjeet Kaur (51.05) in Chennai in 2004, and on Sunday she bettered it again.


“You surely get nervous. They don’t see but only I know how nervous I get,” said the 18-year-old sprinter from a village near Dhing in Assam. “She (Naser) is a big athlete, I am happy to compete with her and I learnt in both the races. I grabbed a bit about race technique bit it’s difficult to explain,” said Hima. “She is perfect athlete, I started my career just two years (back). I played football and it helped in athletics. But she is World Championship medallist, I learnt a lot from her.”