Hima Das starts new era in field of Athletics; Won Gold at World U20 Championships in Finland


Indian women sportspersons are shining and making India proud with their talent on the field. After Dipa Karmakar’s amazing performance at Gymnastics World Challenge Cup, this 18 year old athlete from Assam has done something remarkable in the history of athletics. At the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, she won India its first ever track gold by winning the 400 metre final. Know more.

This girl completed the race in 51.46 seconds at the event. She also finished at the sixth position in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast 2018. Her timing kept on improving every time. With this winning, she started a new era in athletics as no Indian woman ever won a gold medal in a World Championship at any level, be it youth, junior or senior.

Hima Das
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Who is Hima Das?
She is the daughter of a rice farmer from Dhing village in Nagaon district, Assam. She is the youngest of six children. Her parents are Ronjit Das and Jomali Das. She began with football with the boys in the mud pits next to the rice fields. Later on, she advised by a local coach to take up athletics. When she had run during at an inter-district meet, she was spotted by athletics coach with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare Nipon. Nipon convinced her to take training as she could do well in athletes and convinced her family for the same. Nipon also pursued officials to induct her into the state academy, which specialized in boxing and football. Her coach expressed his happiness on this monumental victory.