India’s medal prospect Hima Das won her 200m heat with a time of 23:42s. With this timing, Das has qualified for the semifinal.
Hima Das led the five-woman field with Rhoda Njobvu of Zambia (23.85s) finishing second, while Jacent Nyamhunge of Uganda finished third with a timing of 24.07s.
Although, Hima won heat 2 but Nigeria’s Favour Ofili (22.71s in Heat 1) and Elaine-Thompson-Herah (22.80s in heat 5) had better timings.
Meanwhile, in the women’s hammer throw event, India’s Manju Bala advanced to the final after finishing 11th in the qualification round with a best throw of 59.68m in her first attempt.
However, her compatriot Sarita Singh failed to make the cut after she finished 13th with her best throw of 57.48.
Notably, best 12 performers advance to the final, which will be held on Saturday, August 6.