Hima Das Scripts History in Athletics

Hima Das Scripts History in Athletics

Hima Das scripted history by winning a Gold Medal in the Women’s 400m finals at the IAAF World U-20 championship in Tampere, Finland clocking a time of 51.46 seconds edging out ahead of Andrea Miklos of Romania (Silver) and Taylor Manson of USA (Bronze). She created history on 13th July 2018 after she became the first Indian women track athlete to win gold at a world championship level. It is an incredible effort from the sprinter. Years of hard work has finally paid back.

This 18 year old is the daughter of a rice farmer Ronjit Das and Junali at Kandhulimari village Nagaon district of Assam. She is the eldest in the family. She has three younger sisters and a younger brother. Hima is in Class XII at a college in Dhing, one and a half kilometers from Kandhulimari.

Hima Das met Nipon Das, an athletics coach with a Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare during an inter-district meet and soon he began coaching her. According to her coach, 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. Her confidence is the key to her success.

Now Hima Das is part of a group of India athletes who have bagged medals at the World U20 championships, which includes Seema Punia, won bronze for Discus throw, Navjeet Dhillion, bronze for Discus throw and Neeraj Chopra, Gold for Javelin throw.

We are proud of you Hima Das. It is an incredible achievement on becoming the first Indian track athlete to win a gold at any global event. Thank you Hima Das for giving us this happiness.

Does India need to concentrate more on recognising talents from rural India?

Gold Medal in 400 @ IAAF from Hima Das given enough reasons to look beyond Cricket and Identify talents from Rural India

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