Ace Indian sprinter Hima Das, on Wednesday, has pulled out of the IAAF World Championships scheduled to be held in Qatar, after she failed to recover from a back injury, revealed the Athletics Federation of India. Das was expected to participate only in the relay events and not in the 400m.
Questions were first asked when her name was first absent in the initial list made by the AFI and send to IAAF, for the event scheduled from September 27 to October 6. However, it was reported then that she was expected to participate in the relay events.
Das had pulled out of the individual 400m heats during the Asian Championships in Doha in April midway through the race with the deputy chief coach Radhakrishnan Nair stating it to be a lower back spasm (at L4 and L5, two lowest vertebrae in the lumbar spine).
However, Das turned heads and hogged the limelight between July 2 and 20, where she clinched as many as four gold medals in 200m and one in 400m, although they were all sub-par races in Europe. But, as far as her preparations for the World Championships were concerned, Das had run just one 400m race.
Though she had won a gold in the 300m in August, Das failed to qualify for the World Championships in her event of 400m, clocking her season’s best remaining at 52.09sec, which was more than her personal best of 50.79.