Hima Das has become famous overnight. Everyone wants to know about the woman who has made the headlines. There are those who have been criticising her English but much more than the number of such people, there are people who are showering immense love on her.
The sportswoman is the new face of a lot of things – Indian sports abroad, woman empowerment and emerging victorious through strugglers.
Das, an athlete, shot to fame after becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships. And heck! She is only 18!
Here is more about her life:
She belongs to Assam:
Born in Dhing village from Nagaon district in Assam, she is the daughter of a farmer. Her parents, Ronjit and Jonali Das have four children out of whom she is the eldest. She was born on 9 January, 2000.
She once wanted to play football:
Das started playing football as a child. Since this was not regarded as a ‘girl’s sport’ by most, she used to play with the boys of her village near her school. She wanted to play football for India.
Her coach Nipon Das & introduction to athletics:
Hima Das met athletics coach Nipon Das, who worked with a Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare at the time of an inter-district meet. That is how her athletics coaching began. Eventually, for better prospects, she was asked by her coach to move to Guwahati but her parents were reluctant. When they agreed, Nipon Das got her admitted into a state academy that was primarily for football and boxing. Soon, an athletics wing was started.
The win that made her famous:
She won the gold medal in the women’s 400m at the U-20 IAAF World Championships 2018 held in Tampere, Finland. She had a record time of 51.46 seconds! What is even more remarkable about her feat is that she overtook 3 competitors in the last 80 metres to win gold! Not many know that she had participated in the Commonwealth 2018 games as well and finished only 1.17 seconds behind the gold medalist, Amantle Montsho in 400m relay.
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