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Asian Games 2018: Hima Das, Muhamamed Anas Win Silver Medals In 400m

Written By Dylan Dsouza | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Hima Das set a new national record enroute to claiming silver at the 400m event.
  • Muhammed Anas became the first Indian since Milkha Singh to compete in the final since 1958.

India's track and field athletes Hima Das and Muhammed Anas have etched their names into the history books after they clinched silver in the 400m event at the 2018 Asian Games. 

The 18-year-old Hima Das finished behind Bahrain's Salwa Naser, with a timing of 50.79s in the finals. In the process, she also set a new national record and bettered her timing of 51.00s, which she set in the qualification round.

Hima Das has been red-hot form coming into the 2018 Asian Games. Earlier this year she became the first Indian to win a track and field gold at the Under-20 World Athletics Championships. And later, went on to finish sixth at the Commonwealth Games where she was pitted against some seasoned athletes.

Hima Das was one of India's hottest medal prospects at the quadrennial event and she certainly lived up to her billing with a stunning performance. Another medal in the same event was added by Muhammed Anas who claimed silver after clocking 45.69 secs.

Having already impressed in the qualifications rounds with a timing of 45.63, Muhammed Anas was embarking on a historic run as he became the first Indian since Milkha Singh to compete in the final since 1958. The lad from Kerala showed immense character to ensure India its third medal at the track and field events.

There was furthermore success for Indian athletics with Dutee Chand claiming silver in the Women's 100m event clocking a time of 11.32s The athletes looked to have picked up from Tejinder Pal's record-breaking feat, where he set the Games Record score. He clinched the men's shot put gold with a record-shattering throw of 20.75m.

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The 2018 Asian Games have proved to be quite a fruitful one for India, with the current medal tally standing at staggering 36 medals - consisting of 7 gold medals, 10 silver medals, and 19 bronze medals. The highlight at the quadrennial event so far has been Vinesh Phoghat, who became the first Indian female wrestler to claim gold in this history of the Asian Games. The Indian men's hockey team have also enjoyed success by recording its biggest ever win after the 26-0 thrashing of Hongkong.

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