She was an unknown figure who was finding her feet in the world of athletics. It was on July that she ran the race of her life and won India’s first ever track gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Finland. The video of her victory went viral on social media platform and the whole world was sitting and taking notice of this young prodigy.
Hima Das also known as the “Dhing Express” now has the world at her feet. The sprinter from Assam who was in Mumbai on Friday for a ceremony organised by Edelweiss Group. Speaking in front of guest and media personal the 18-year-old revealed about how she “did not tell” her parents about her participation in the IAAF U-20 World Championship in Finland and just going for practice event.
I did not tell my parents that I was playing such a big tournament. I told them that it was a small game. My parents saw it on television. After I reached the room and called my father, he said ‘I was going to sleep. I said, I became world champion and you are sleeping, to which my dad said, let’s see in the morning.
Apart from her gold medal feat in Finland, the champion sprinter went onto claim three medals in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia which also included a gold.
While there is a long road ahead the young sprinter things are only going to get difficult for the young sprinter, but Hima remained optimistic about and vowed to train hard. She said
It will be a challenge, and I will have to train well. It will be a little tough
Not only has she received praises for her effort from all quarters, but there has also been come changes witnessed by the athlete in her village (Kandhulimari village)post her success, with new roads and electricity coming up.
There are changes which I noticed, there is a new road and lights have come up in the village.