Blog by-Pooja Seth
“Zindagi toh apne damm par hii jiyi jaati hai … Dusro ke kandhe par toh sirf Jannaje uthaaye jaate hai.” – Bhagat Singh
No one could imagine have imagined that a girl from Assam would make headlines for her strong and unhindered running. It is rightly said that If you really believe in yourself and leave no stone unturned with your hard work, You can achieve the stars. Hima Das is the perfect example of this. She motivates every person to go after their dreams even if it seems impossible. She has filled every Indian with pride and we feel proud to have someone so strong and determined to represent our country.
Hima das hails from Sivasagar, Assam. Her father is a rice farmer and they all live a very simple life. It took Hima a lot of struggle to reach where she is today. She holds the current Indian national record in 400 metres with a timing of 50.79 s that she clocked at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships. People also like to call her Dhing express.
From her school day only, Hima was inclined towards athletics, She played a lot of football and was encouraged by her sports teacher to take up individual sports.
In April 2018, She took part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold coast, Australia, in the 400 metres and the 4×400 metres relay. In the 400 metres, Das reached the final where she finished sixth in a time of 51.32 seconds, 1.17 seconds behind gold medalist Amantle Montsho from Botswana. In the 4×400 metres relay, she was part of the Indian team that finished seventh in the final, with a time of 3 minutes and 33.61 seconds.
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On 12 July 2018, she was the winner of 400 m final at the World U-20 Championships 2018 held at Tampere, Finland, she set the record of 51.46 seconds and became the first runner from India to win a gold medal at an international track event.
Her father did and her village did not have the resources which she required for her training but this did not let her faith in her deter in any way. Hard work brings in beautiful results and can truly change one’s life. In September, she signed an endorsement deal with Adidas and became a part of their family. In her Instagram account, you can see the celebrities she is interacting with. She is growing day by day and touching the sky. Our heart fills with pride when we see her growing because she shows and reflects that one can achieve height if they set their focus rigid. Sports is one of the most beautiful professions. You have to really put your sweat and blood to reach the top. The values one gets by inculcating sports in their life help them in shaping their life. Fitness does not always require great resources. If you really have the will, you will find the way!
We wish her all the very best for her future endeavours and may she keep rising.