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New Season, New Stories: Hima achieved Gold In 200m

New season, new stories. While a ton of the build-up towards the Indian Grand Prix-1 was about the recovery of Hima Das after her injury lay-off but other select athletes kick-starting their season, it was also a glimpse into what the future could hold.

Jeswin Aldrin created a spectacular show in the men’s long jump where he came close to M Sreeshankar’s national record meanwhile Priya Mohan revealed once again why it is hard to watch her constant arrangements with another prevalent show in the 400m.

Meanwhile, in the javelin event, a new youngster occurred on the scene with Karnataka’s DP Manu showing that he can pitch past the 80m mark with an 82.43m throw to bring gold at the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.

In the lack of star jumper Sreeshankar, the next big name in the event was Muhammed Anees Yahiya who had gone toe-toe with the national record holder in the Indian Open Jumps Competition before this month.

Yet, it was 20-year-old Jeswin who surpassed the 26-year-old by coming agonizingly close to the national record of 8.26m. In his first meet of the season, Jeswin had three jumps above the eight-meter with his best coming in his final shot.

After having 8.09m and 8.11m, the Tamil Nadu native dedicated his best for last with an 8.20m jump. To give an inkling of how distant along he was of the match, second-placed Anees only collected the best jump of 7.70m.

“This is just the start of the season for me and I will only get better from here. I do believe I can try and break the national record. I also want to try and qualify for the World Championships. Maybe I can achieve that target in the coming meets,” said Jeswin.

Meanwhile, there was a lot of concern on which events Hima would participate in as she returned from injury, and the 22-year-old ran only the 200m where she was pipped by Dhanalakshmi Sekar. 

Hima said, “The coach decides which events to focus on, and the 200m felt the best fit right now to return to action.” 

Added, I felt I ran a good race, and it’s a long season ahead so, I’ll try to get stronger with each passing event. Dhanalakshmi also ran a great race and it felt good running beside her.” 

In the men’s 400m run, Amoj Jacob and Noah Nirmal Tom completed first and second respectively as the relay stars relaxed back into action. 

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