Now the entire nation knows her name. The belief and passion towards her success speaks about her. As we all know that she is an Indian sprinter; at the age of 18-year old she became the first Indian women to win a gold medal in a track event at the World Junior Athletics Championship. It was a 400m event and she just cracked within 51.46 seconds, edging out Romania’s Andrea Milkos (Silver) and America’s Taylor Manson (Bronze). An history has been created by her by winning the championship.
Hima Das Early Life
Hima Das was born and brought up in a small village called Kandhulimari Village which is near to Dhing in Assam’s Nagaon district. She is the eldest among the four children and her father is a farmer. From her childhood she played a football with her classmates as she was very much interested in the game and she wanted to pursue a career in football. Later on by the suggestion from a Physical Education Trainer Das switched her career to athletics. Slowly she shifted her passion to athletics and started to take part in short and middle distance races. After qualifying for an inter-district competition, she won two gold medals at sports meet this shows her dedication and hard work.
Hima Das Career
The first competition was 100m at New Delhi GP last May and she stood fifth in the race. Later on in the same year in the month of September, she was capable of finishing first at 200m race in Chennai Indian Open.
In April-2018 at Gold Coast Commonwealth games she finished sixth at 400m race within 51.32 seconds and when it comes to 4*400 she finished at seventh. No one noticed her achievement but, the competition which is held in June at Inter-State Championship, Guwahati all were shocked as she finished in 51.13 seconds.
Her raise has been steady this year with podium finishes at 100m, 200m, 400m and 4*400m at Patiala, Jakarta and Guwahati.
She was cruised into semi-final as the fastest qualifier overall, clocking 52.5s. She entered into women’s 400m final after winning the semi-final in 52.10s.
“She does not get overawed by anybody and does not care about her opponents. In every race, her goal is to beat the best with better timing,” -Nipon.
“Hima made rapid strides after joining the National camp in November. From doing 55.57 for 400m in the East Zone meet in September, she has come a long way in short time.”
Hima Das is a part of a group of Indian athletes who have won medals at the World U20 Championships, which includes Seema Punia (Bronze, Discus throw), Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (Bronze, Discus throw) and Neeraj Chopra (Gold, Javelin throw).
Words By PM:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too reached out to congratulate her. “India is delighted and proud of athlete Hima Das, who won a historic Gold in the 400m of World U20 Championships… This accomplishment will certainly inspire young athletes in the coming years,” he posted on Twitter.