The prodigious Hima Das will begin her Olympic year at the second Indian Grand Prix at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Hima, who is yet to achieve Olympic qualification, will be seen in action in both 100m and the 200m sprints at the season’s second track and field event.
Hima Das is expected to face stiff competition in the 100m from national record holder and Olympian Dutee Chand. It will be the first time that the two of the country’s best sprinters will face off against each other.
Hima Das, who shot to fame following her gold medal-winning run at the 2018 Under-22 World Athletics Championships, has had a difficult time over the past few years dealing with injuries that kept her off the track for a while.
Though the Indian athlete won’t be competing in her pet event -- 400m -- at Indian GP 2, the 100m and 200m races could prove to be a perfect tune-up for her ahead of other meets.
Moreover, with Hima Das set to compete in the women’s 4x100m relay, Thursday races could give a good idea of where she stands in the distance.
Also to be seen in action at the Grand Prix will be Indian javelin throwers Neeraj Chopra, Shivpal Singh and Annu Rani.
Indian GP 2 full schedule and live start times
All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Women’s 400m hurdle, Final - 2:00 PM IST
Women’s shot put, Final - 2:05 PM IST
Women’s javelin throw, Final - 2:10 PM IST
Men’s 400m, Race A - 2:20 PM IST
Men’s 400m, Race B - 2:30 PM IST
Men’s 400m, Race C - 2:40 PM IST
Women’s 400m, Final - 2:50 PM IST
Men’s long jump, Final - 3:00 PM IST
Men’s shot put, Final - 3:15 PM IST
Men’s 200m, Race A - 3:20 PM IST
Men’s 200m, Race B - 3:30 PM IST
Women’s 200m, Final - 3:40 PM IST
Men’s javelin throw, Final - 4:00 PM IST
Men’s 1500m, Final - 4:10 PM IST
Women’s 1500m, Final - 4:30 PM IST
Men’s 100m, Race A - 4:50 PM IST
Men’s 100m, Race B - 5:00 PM IST
Men’s 100m, Race C - 5:10 PM IST
Women’s 100m, Race A - 5:20 PM IST
Women’s 100m, Race B - 5:30 PM IST
Where to watch Indian GP 2 athletics live?
Live streaming of Indian Grand Prix 2 will be available on the Athletics Federation of India website indianathletics.in.