Hima Das  – UNICEF-India ‘s first youth ambassador

Hima Das  – UNICEF-India ‘s first youth ambassador

The United Nations Children’s Fund-India (Unicef-India) has appointed Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter Hima Das as the country’s first ever youth ambassador.

Unicef India works with Central Government.  It ensures that each child born in India gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential.

This was announced on the official Twitter handle of UNICEF India.  Hima Das felt honored to be India’s Youth Ambassador after her appointment. “I’m honored to be chosen as @UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador, and I hope I will be able to inspire more children to follow their dreams,” she said.

In her role as a Youth Ambassador, Hima would work towards raising awareness about the rights and needs of children.  She will help amplify the voices of children and young people as active participants in decision making, thus contributing to their holistic development.

The name of the woman athlete from Assam was announced by the world organization in a tweet on Wednesday evening coinciding with the Children’s Day.  The day being celebrated on November 14 commemorating the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday.

The 18-year-old sprinter hailing from Nagaon district, Das clinched a gold medal in Women’s 4×400 meter relay event at the 2018 Asian Games. She also won a silver in the Women’s 400m Race event.  The 18-year-old sprinter from Assam is fondly called ‘Dhing Express’ after her village.

Achievements

Earlier this year in September, Das was honored with the Arjuna Award. And soon after receiving the prestigious award, she was named the ambassador of the State of Assam. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had made the announcement.

Hima had scripted history by winning the gold medal in the women’s 400m event at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland in July 2018.  The young sprinter  became a part of an exclusive club of Indian track and field athletes who have won a medal in the World U20 Championships

She registered a timing of 51.46 seconds in the final at the Retina Stadium to become the first Indian track athlete to win gold in a world championship across all age groups.

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Women’s relay bags Gold at Asian games

Women’s relay bags Gold at Asian games

In the women’s 4X400m event, the Indian quartet of Hima Das, Raju Poovamma, Saritaben Laxmanbhai Gayakwad and Vismaya Koroth registered a time of 3:28.72 to finish at the top of the podium. Bahrain got silver with 3:30.61 while the quartet from Vietnam clocked their season’s best time of 3:33.23 to bag the bronze medal.

The Indians were off to a great start as Hima gave them the early lead. The Assam teenager produced a superb finishing kick going into the final bend to leave the other runners behind. The other Indian runners built on the lead and claimed what turned out to be a comfortable victory in the end.

Everything played out as per script for the Indian women in the 4×400 m relay on the final day of the athletics program at the 2018 Asian Games. Hima Das, the fastest quarter-miler in the country, gave the lead on the first lap with a searing run, setting a heady tone for the whole race, which the rest did well to consolidate, leaving their opponents in a helpless wake. Clocking an impressive 3:28.72 secs. they ensured India won its fifth 4×400 relay gold medal at the Asian Games on the trot.

What makes the gold even more glittering is that they are a young group. Poovamma, at 28, is the oldest. Sarita Gayakwad is 24, Hima 18 and VK Vismaya 21. Both Povamma and Hima, who undoubtedly is among the most promising young athletes in the continent.

Great going!!!! Congratulations to the winners.

 

India bags silver in Mixed 400×4 relay

India bags silver in Mixed 400×4 relay

India clinched a silver in the first ever mixed 4x400m relay to increase their medal tallyat the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. The Indian mixed team which comprised of Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Poovamma Machettira, Hima Das and Rajiv Arokia clocked 3 minutes and 15.71 seconds to finish behind Bahrain, who clinched the gold with a 3 minute and 11.89 seconds timing.  Kazakhstan settled for the bronze after finishing in 3:19.52s.

In the debut event of 400m mixed relay, M R Poovamma frittered away a good 30m lead, handed to her by Mohd. Anas, as India finished second behind Bahrain. The Indian quartet of Anas, Poovamma, Hima Das and Arokia Rajiv clocked 3 minute and 15.71 seconds to finish behind Bahrain (3:11.89).

Anas began in spectacular fashion as he opened up a huge 30m lead over his Bahraini rival and handed over the baton to Povamma. However, the Karnataka athlete squandered the lead. By the time she passed on the baton to Hima Das, Bahrain had created a huge lead.  As Hima got the baton, she had to change her lane and sidestep Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Adekoya who fell before her, obstructing her way, after passing on the baton.

Congratulations to the Indian relay team.

 

Hima Das clinches Silver for India at Jakarta

Hima Das clinches Silver for India at Jakarta

Hima Das (born 9 January 2000) is an Indian sprinter from the state of Assam, nicknamed the Dhing Express by the media. She became the first Indian to win Gold in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships, when she ran the Women’s 400m in 51.46 seconds at the 2018 Tampere Games. She holds the current Indian national record in 400m. women’s race with a timing of 50.79

Hima Das, ran with Bahrain’s Asian record holder Salwa Wid Naser in the 400m heats, broke Manjit Kaur’s 18 year old national record (54.05s) clocking 51s and made it to the final after finishing second to Naser (50.86).

Hima Das, the still-fresh World Junior champ from Finland, came out bounding in her first major senior Games. The full-lap race quickly turned into a duel between World Championship silver medalist Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain and India’s Das running in Lanes 5 and 3.   It was the start here at Jakarta that cleanly set her apart from the rest of the field.

Congratulations and India is proud of you.