Indian sprinter Hima Das made it to the semi-finals of the women's 400m as the fastest runner in the heats of IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships. M Shreeshankar finished fourth in the qualification round of men's long jump event to make it to the final round of the six-day championship.
18-year-old Hima Das clocked 52.25 seconds to win heat number four and lead the time charts as she advanced to the semi-final of IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships. Running at lane number three, Das beat Stacey-Ann Williams of Jamaica (52.71) in the fastest of the five heats on the opening day of the championship.
Another Indian, Jisna Mathew also qualified for the semi-finals by winning the fifth heat in 54.32 seconds. American Taylor Manson, a medal contender, finished overall second with a time of 52.68 seconds after she won heat number one. Two of the fastest finishers in each heat would be qualifying for the semi-finals which would be run on Wednesday.
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In other events, M Shreeshankar finished fourth in the qualification round of men's long jump event with an effort of 7.68m to make it to the final round. Compatriot Lokesh Satyanathan, however, finished 17th with a jump of 7.31m.
In men's shot put, Asish Bholothia finished eighth in Group A qualification round with a personal best throw of 18.62m but that was not enough to make it to the final round. India would be represented by 31 athletes at the six-day championship.
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