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.

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