Indian sprinter, Hima Das won a gold in women’s 400 metre event at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships, in Tampere, inscribing herself in India’s history with gold by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal at the international athletic championship.
India is no more just about cricket. The Indian football team is winning match after match and a massive fan following, Neeraj Chopra became first Indian to win gold at the World U20 Championships in javelin throw. Carrying forward the trend of bringing other sport into spotlight, Assamese girl Hima Das won a gold in women’s 400 metre event at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships and became the first Indian athlete to win a gold at the event. Starting off slow at during run, Hima geared up and sprinted the entire 400 metre track in 51.46 seconds at the Ratina Stadium and to bring home the glitzy gold.
However, the golden Indian athlete came a long way to achieve the triumph. Born in a poor family of Assam, and the youngest of six siblings, Hima’s talent was recognised for the first time at an inter-district meet in 2016. Lack of resources and professional training had no stopping for Hima and she trained herself on muddy football fields instead of the running tracks only to win a bronze in the state meet. Progressing further, Hima got up to the 100m final at the junior nationals in 2016 and later got qualified for the women’s 200m event at the Asian Youth Championships held in Bangkok.
From them, there was no looking back and Hima got qualified for the World Youth Championships in Nairobi where she finished fifth with a time of 24.31 seconds. A gold at Asian Games test event in Jakarta, added to the feathers of her crown and with the latest gold at 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships, Hima has earned herself an international recognition. Moving ahead, Hima is now working her best to score the gold at next month’s Asian Games and make India proud, all over again.