Hima Das, even though is winning gold medals back to back at several international events, her coach is however not happy with her timing as she is lagging much behind her previous best timing. Notably, the sprinter had taken a 45-day study break to prepare and appear for her Class XII examinations and this has now affected her in reaching the previous records that she made on the track.
The World Under-20 champion had appeared for her class XII examination in February-March this year and as she was on a break from her practice on track, she lost the tempo that she had retained so long.
As stated by Hima’s deputy chief coach of the Athletics Federation of India, Radhakrishnan Nair, her Russian-born coach Galina Burkharina has overlooked the losses that she met during the break has taken her back to that position from she was struggling to rise in the days of her qualification level.
The seasons’ best timing of Hima in the 400 metres is 52.09 seconds which she has achieved at a competition at Nove Mesto nad Metuji held in the Czech Republic. However, the World Championship qualifying standard is set at 51.80 seconds and this is matter to worry for Hima right now as she has to bounce back and get back to her previous best timing in order to qualify for the World Championship.
However, as per official of the Athletics Federation of India official, the sprinter’s decision to take the break was taken in the wrong time as she wanted to sit for the exam.
Nair, Hima's coach, stated that as she was away for 45 days and broke her training her previous timing was lost. Her back pain was not a big issue but she could not train during this period because of her exams. The exams taking place in February and March took her back. Otherwise she could have been in the same stage what she was last year.