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Five star for Hima Das in 400m, bags 5th gold of month

The sprinter from Assam, however, failed to make it to the World Athletics Championships as the 400-metre qualification mark for the world event has been kept as 51.80 seconds.

SNS | New Delhi |

Indian sprinter Hima Das continued her sensational form as she bagged her fifth gold in July by claiming the top honours in the 400-metre race in Czech Republic.

Hima won the yellow after she clocked a season-best time of 52.09 seconds in her pet competition at the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix on Saturday. However, the speedster’s personal best is 50.79 seconds which she recorded at the Asian Games in 2018.

“Finished 400m today on the top here in Czech Republic,” tweeted an excited Hima after the race.

The sprinter from Assam, however, failed to make it to the World Athletics Championships as the 400-metre qualification mark for the world event has been kept as 51.80 seconds.

On Wednesday, the 19-year-old had won the gold medal in the 200-metre race at the Tabor Athletics Meet.

In her first competitive 200-metre race of the year on 2 July, Hima had clocked 23.65 seconds to win gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland.

Then on 8 July, she won her second 200-metre gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland. Nursing a sore back, the Assam runner had clocked 23.97 seconds to win the gold while Kerala runner VK Vismaya had grabbed silver with timing of 24.06 seconds.

On 13 July, she won her third 200-metre gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a timing of 23.43 seconds.