Hima Das, Muhammed Anas & Dutee Chand wins Silver medals in athletics

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Hima Das Muhammed Anas Dutee Chand

JAKARTA, August 26: Hima Das and Muhammed Anas won a silver each in women’s and men’s 400m as Indian athletes continued their strong show in the Asian Games on Sunday.
The silver medal each from Hima and Anas was on expected lines as the gold winners in their respective events were outright pre-race favourites.
For Hima, it was her second national record in two days as she clocked 50.59 seconds to win the silver, behind Bahrain’s Salwa Naser who won the gold in a new Games record time 50.09 seconds.
Hima had qualified for the final with a national record time 51.00 seconds on Saturday, bettering the 14-year-old mark set by Manjeet Kaur (51.05) in Chennai in 2004.
Naser, the Nigerian-born 2017 World Championships silver medallist and winner of four legs of Diamond League Series this year, did not have to exert much in the end to clinch the goal.
Another Indian in the women’s 400m final, Nirmala Sheoran finished fourth in 52.96.
It was India’s first medal in women’s 400m since Manjeet Kaur won a silver at the 2006 Doha edition.
In men’s 400m final, Anas clocked 45.69 seconds to clinch the silver. The gold was won by Hassan Abdalelah of Qatar in 44.89 seconds.
Star Indian sprinter Dutee Chand clinched a silver in women’s 100m dash in the 18th Asian Games to win the country’s first medal in 20 years in this event on Sunday.
Running in lane number 7, Dutte clocked 11.32 seconds, a tad below her national record of 11.29 seconds.
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. (PTI)