Star Indian sprinter Hima Das will train under 400m and relay coach Galina Bukharina though she has been asked to concentrate on the 200m to have a better shot at qualifying for the 2020 Olympics.
“Galina is a highly qualified coach. She has coached 200m athletes also in the USA,” Volker Herrmann, the high-performance director for the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) told The New Indian Express.
“As far as training is concerned, there is not much difference between the 200m and 400m except the endurance part of it,” he added.
Hima Das does not have ‘right conditioning’ for 400m
The Dhing Express, as Hima Das is nicknamed, shot to instant fame two years ago when she won the 400m gold in the IAAF World U20 Championships and then added further golds as part of the 4x400m women’s relay and mixed relay teams at the 2018 Asian Games.
However, 2019 did not go according to plan as she suffered a back injury before the World Championships and Herrmann claimed that the AFI did not want to repeat the mistakes of last year.
“It does not make sense to focus on the 400 metres this season because she does not have the basic conditioning level she needs,” he had said earlier this month.
“In the 400 metres you need a decent amount of endurance and considering that now there are only four and a half months till the end of the qualifying period for the 2020 Olympics, we didn’t want to make similar mistakes of last season.”
Hima Das also had been out due to some sickness, the report added, due to which she joined the national camp at Patiala after a two-week delay.
Hima Das’ fellow sprinters confident of 2020 Olympics qualification
India’s sprinters have not qualified yet for the 2020 Olympics but Dharun Ayyasamy is confident about their chances.
“We will peak in time for the Federation Cup and other European competitions,” he told The New Indian Express.