Asian Games silver medallist Hima Das has shifted to the 200m category from 400m for the upcoming season. This is said the move will drastically reduce her chances of qualifying for an individual event at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Hima will move back to the 400 metres next year as her training regimen was affected for the speed and endurance race because of a reoccurring fever, costing her three weeks of training over December and January, The Indian Express reported.
The decision to shift the ‘Dhing Express’ to the 200 metres was taken to ease pressure on her to qualify for her favourite event when she is under-cooked, The Indian Express reported.
The last season has been tough for the star sprinter due to back injuries. Her training was affected due to recurring fever for over three weeks. Due to the injury, she failed to qualify for the World Championship last year held in Doha.
In 2019, Hima scripted history in the field of athletics by winning 5 back-to-back gold medals at an international platform.
She hails from Dhing, a town in Nagaon district and she has been nicknamed as Dhing Express after she won the IAAF World U20 Championships. Hima was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award in the year 2018.