Indian athlete Hima Das says, “I will bounce back” after missing the Olympics due to injury

Hima Das, who was unable to fly to Tokyo for the Olympic Games due to injuries, has stated that she will return soon. Hima, a national camper, hurt a muscle on the second day of the 60th National Senior Inter-State Athletics Championships in Patiala 10 days ago while competing in the 100m heats. She led the national camper’s women’s 4x100m relay team to a new meet record on an opening day.

The 21-year-old was also a member of the 4x400m mixed relay team that qualified for the Tokyo Olympics based on their performance at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. The Assamese athlete was forced to withdraw from the 100m final and the 4x100m relay final. Hima, who qualified for the women’s 200m final on the fifth and final day of the tournament, ended outside the medal group.

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“I will miss my first Olympics due to untimely injury when I was close to achieving the qualification standard in my new events 100m and 200m. I’d like to express my gratitude to my coaches, support staff, and teammates for their unwavering support. But I plan to make a successful comeback in the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and World Championships in 2022,” Hima Das tweeted on Tuesday.

Hima came to prominence after winning gold in the 400m at the World Junior Championships in Finland in 2018. She won a silver medal in the women’s 400m at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, as well as gold medals in the women’s 4x400m relay and mixed 4x400m relay.