Hima Das, Dutee Chand to power 4X100m relay team for Tokyo berth – other sports

India’s dash sensations Hima Das and Dutee Chand are set to be a part of forces and anchor the ladies’s 4x100m relay team because it gears up to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

After her sensible efficiency in 2018 that noticed her win the 400m silver on the Jakarta Asian Games, a persistent again damage has hampered Hima Das from working the 400m in main occasions, although final season she gained a handful of medals in low-key races in Europe.

India’s chief nationwide coach Radhakrishnan Nair mentioned Hima will now be getting ready for the relay with Dutee and other members.

“There is no (back) issue when she runs the 100m. Thus her talent will be put to use in the shorter relay,” Nair mentioned.

Hima, the 2018 junior world 400m champion with a private finest of fifty.78 secs, is able to working 100m beneath 11.50 secs, he mentioned.

There are half a dozen Indian sprinters who clock round 11.50 secs, whereas Dutee’s private finest is 11.22 secs. “It is an advantage to achieve a top 16 global ranking by the end of June and become eligible to compete in the Olympics,” Nair mentioned.

According to Dutee, the private better of the highest six within the nationwide relay squad is between 11.50 secs and 11.60 secs.

“We have a young and new team. It’s good Hima is also there. Working as a team is what matters in a relay. All the sprinters are eager to perform and everyone is working hard towards the common goal of qualifying for the Olympics,” mentioned Dutee from her coaching base in Bhubaneswar.

“We have been doing well in the relay for the past couple of years, but the current lot is super good,” she mentioned. “All we have to do is combine as a unit to clock a good time. Something below 43 secs will be good,” mentioned Dutee, the nationwide file holder who gained the 100m and 200m silver at Jakarta in 2018.

It has been twenty years since India’s 4x100m team comprising Sarawati Dey, Rachita Mistry, Vinita Tripathi and V Jayalakshmi competed on the 2000 Sydney Olympics, although there was no qualifying system then. The males’s team had additionally participated. Both groups made a primary spherical exit.

“An impressive performance by us this time will be a huge boost for sprinting in the country,” feels Dutee.

Due to the pandemic, World Athletics had frozen Olympic qualification until November 30. The relay team hopes to showcase its potential within the April 3-4 Asian Relay Championships in Thailand, adopted by the World Relay in Poland within the first week of May.

“The team has the ability to clock below 43 secs; a top eight position in Poland could fetch us an automatic berth for the Tokyo Olympics,” Nair mentioned.

At the 2019 Asian Championships, the ladies’s 4X100 relay team comprising Archana Suseentran, Veeramani Revathi, Ranga Kunnath and Dutee missed out on a medal, ending fourth after a poor baton trade within the third leg. The Indian team clocked 43.81 secs. China gained gold at 42.87 secs, adopted by Kazakhstan (43.36) and Bahrain (43.61). At the 2019 Doha World Championships, Jamaica powered to gold in 41.44 secs, forward of Great Britain (41.85) and United States (42.10).

A easy baton change would be the key to success within the upcoming worldwide meets, says Tarun Shah, former nationwide dash coach. While Dutee trains in Bhubaneswar, others in dash relay team—

Archana, Himashree Roy, Sneha PJ, Daneswari, Diandra Valladares, Kaveri and Hima are primarily based in Patiala.

“Coordination is important,” mentioned Shah. Three to 4 weeks of group coaching must be sufficient to get a very good rhythm. “Consistent performance builds confidence and gives an opportunity to handle things in different environments,” he mentioned.

The girls’s squad missed out on qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics after ending one spot outdoors the highest 16 who’re eligible.

Steady progress can assist the dash relay team to win a medal on the 2022 Asian Games, emulating their longer relay counterparts. “The female quarter-milers (4x400m relay) have set a trend of winning gold medals since the 2002 Busan Asian Games—till date, India has won five titles,” Dutee’s coach N Ramesh mentioned from Hyderabad.

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