Know Hima Das’s Journey:From Assam’s Rice Fields to Winning Gold


The daughter of a rice farmer from Dhing village in Nagaon District,Hima Das has worked hard to get this position.

Would you believe if it, that she trained in her father’s rice field and that it was only last year that she took up racing seriously?

Hima Das

18-year-old Hima Das has created history in athletics history.18 months ago she participated in her first ever competitive inter-district meet in Sivasagar,Assam.

And she has made all of us proud by becoming by becoming the first Indian woman to win gold at 400 metre final Athletics Junior World Championships.

This is India’s first ever gold at a world track event

The athlete is fondly called “Dhing Express” by people in her village.

What a phenomenal story Hima has to share.The daughter of a rice farmer from Dhing Village in Nagaon district,she has worked hard to get this position.

The Phenomenal Journey

The youngest of five siblings ,for Hima ,athletics was never a serious option.

Das made the change at the behest of Shamshul Sheikh,a teacher in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya,who was impressed by her speed while playing football.

Hima couldn’t appear for her Higher Secondary(class 12) Arts stream final examination this year as she had to participate in the Commonwealth Games.

While her father did not have the money or  the resources to get her the required training,her village did not have any infrastructure either.

Hima is not just a world-class athlete who swept past the stiff competition with ridiculous ease.She is also a socially conscious teenager who took the lead in demolishing the country liquor vends in her village Dhing and its neighbourhood.

The Golden Girl

Hima’s golden run at Tampere is the latest chapter in the incredible story of a feisty girl dreamt of playing football for India before shifting to athletics just two years ago.She would spend a lot of time playing football.It was in 2016 that her physical education teacher suggested that she take up an individual sport rather than continue playing football.

Her mother’s response to her winning the race and representing India is also something that will warm your heart.The publication quotes her mother,Jonali  Das, saying “Commonwealth Games?What’s that?Will you be on TV?Then it’s probably a good thing”.

Speaking to The Hindu,Hima’s coach,Nipon’s Das ,said “She does not get overawed by anybody and does not care opponents.In every race her goal is to beat the best with better timing.”

For anyone who is seeking to achieve something,this approach of Hima’s will probably be of great help-remain focused on your goal and work solely towards achieving that.An NCC cadet in Dhing College,Hima firmly believes it is the sheer will power complemented by relentless hard work that brings success and support comes in plenty along with success.

Here’s wishing this young superstar much more success!


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