Sprint That Made History
Indian sportswomen are on a roll! After the hugely successful 2018 Commonwealth Games, where India emerged a star with multiple medals won by women players especially, Hima Das has gone ahead and etched her name in the annals of Indian sports recently. She managed to do what the accomplished sporting icons like Milkha Sigh and P T Usha have failed to achieve. The 18-year-old athlete from Assam has won India its first ever gold medal in a track event on world stage. She won the 400-metre final at the World U-20 Championships held at Tampere, Finland in July. Hima completed the race in just 51.46 seconds. The moment she crossed the finishing line, twitter exploded with congratulatory messages. The champion sprinter is the daughter of a rice farmer from Dhing village in Nagaon district of Assam. But her humble beginnings did not deter her from achieving this glorious feat. As India’s national anthem reverberated inside the stadium and the yellow metal was draped around her neck, her eyes became moist. The sprinter now finds her name in an elite list of athletes. She is up there with Seema Punia, Navjeet Kaur Dhillon and Neeraj Chopra. All of them have won a medal at international track and field events, but Hima is the only sprinter amongst them. Incredibly, Hima ran her first pro race only in March this year.