News By/Courtesy: Arya A. Kudchadker | 11 Nov 2020 19:27pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Early life of Hima Das
  • Her struggle to be a racer
  • Achievements of Hima Das

The Struggle Story of Hima Das

 

The name of Hima Das, who has been making history by consistently winning gold in athletics, once did not even have the money to buy shoes. Within a month she has won 5 gold medals. Hima's story is also quite interesting. 18-year-old Hima is from Dhing, a small village in Assam and hence she is also known as 'Dhing Express'. 18-year-old Hima has stepped on the racing track two years ago. She belongs to a poor peasant family.

Hima's father lives in Dhing village in Naugaon district of Assam. Father Ranjit Das owns only two bighas of land. By cultivating this land, he provides livelihood to the family members. Hima remembers her family's struggles at the time of any victory and tears come from her eyes.

Hima used to play football with the boys at her father's farm. PT teacher of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya advised her to become a racer. Due to lack of money, they did not even have good shoes. Following the advice of local coach Nipun Das, when he won the gold medal in the district level 100 and 200 meters, the coach was also surprised. Nipun Das came to Guwahati with Hima.

Hima Das competed in the district level competition wearing cheap shoes and won a gold medal. Nipun Das was surprised to see this. His pace was amazing. Nipun Das decided to make her a runner and took her to Guwahati. The coach is also borne her expenses. Initially she was prepared for the 200 meter race. Later she also started running 400 meters race.

Hima won gold in two events in Europe on 2 July, in the Kunto Athletics Meet on 7 July, in the Czech Republic on 13 July and in the Tabor Grand Prix on 17 July. At the Commonwealth Games, Hima participated in the World Athletics Championship track competition and won. Apart from this, she also joined the Commonwealth Games of Australia but finished sixth. Hima joined the Asian Youth Championship in Bangkok and finished seventh in the 200 meter race.

Hima has become the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in the World Athletics Championship track. Hima completed this record after finishing the 400 meter race in 51.46 seconds. Seeing Hima's successes, the Prime Minister and the President also tweeted and congratulated her. Apart from this, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar said, 'Your hunger to win is an inspiration for the youth'. Hence hard work and struggle made a village girl a world champion.

 

This Article Does Not Intend To Hurt The Sentiments Of Any Individual Community, Sect, Or Religion Etcetera. This Article Is Based Purely On The Authors Personal Views And Opinions In The Exercise Of The Fundamental Right Guaranteed Under Article 19(1)(A) And Other Related Laws Being Force In India, For The Time Being.  

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 12 Nov 2020 23:24pm IST


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