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| On Aug 6, 2021 10:43 AM IST

Hima Das Athletics: Age, Arjuna Award, Olympics, Medals, Asian Games, World Championships

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Popularly known as Dhing Express, Hima Das is an Indian sprinter born in Kandhulimari village, near the town of Dhing in the state of Assam. Born in a farmer’s family, Hima Das rose to fame after becoming the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships.

Early days

Hima is the youngest of five children and did her schooling from Dhing Public High School. Initially interested in playing football, she changed her mind to sprint running after a piece of advice from the school physical education teacher as she did not see any prospects for herself in women’s football in India.

Born on: 09 January 2000

Hima Das Age: 20 years

From: Dhing, Assam


Hima Das Personal Bests:

100 m – 11.74 (2018)

200 m – 23.10 (2018)

400 m – 50.79 (2018)


Hima Das Medals and Achievements

Hima Das at Asian Games

  • Won Gold medal in 2018 Jakarta for Women’s 4×400
  • Won Gold medal in 2018 Jakarta for mixed 4×400
  • Won Silver medal in 2018 Jakarta for 400 m

Hima Das at World U20 Championships

  • Won Gold medal in 2018 Tampere 400 m

2019

  • Won the 200m Gold in Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland, on July 2, 2019, with a time of 23.65 seconds
  • won 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 seconds, on July 13
  • Won fifth gold of the month in her 400-meter race in Nové Město, Czech Republic completing the race in 52.09 seconds on July 20

Hima Das Arjuna Award and Accolades

  • Conferred with Arjuna Awards on September 25, 2018
  • 1st Nov 2019, Hima Das appeared in India’s one of the famous TV reality-show Kaun Banega Crorepati conducted by actor Amitabh Bachchan


Hima Das: Lesser known facts

  • Hima Das is the second athlete from Assam after Bhogeswar Baruah to win a gold medal at an international event
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party-led Assam government has decided to appoint ace athlete Hima Das as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)
  • Hima Das has been shifted to 200m from 400m as she looks forward to focusing on the speed and the endurance bit of the sport.