India’s medal hope Hima Das pulled out of the women’s 400m heat in the Asian Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha on Sunday.
The 19-year-old had to retire from her sprint with a back problem. Hima failed to complete the race after the severe cramp occurred at the 200m point and she was seen in extreme agony.
Official statement on @HimaDas8
"She had spasm at L4 and L5. The Doctor who attended her said informed us and he said nothing serious. She will be OK within a day or two"- Radhakrishnan Nair, Deputy Chief Coach #India.#AAC2019 #AsianAthletics
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 21, 2019
Hima had a breakthrough 2018 when she won a 400m gold at the World U20 Championships before she claimed silver in the same category at the Asian Games.
While Hima failed in the 400m heats, MR Poovamma qualified for the 400m final after finishing second in the heat after Salwa Naser of Bahrain.