Golden girl Hima Das breaks records — and liquor vends

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Arnab Seal & Ab­dul Gani

Dhing (Na­gaon)/Kolkata: “While you all were sleep­ing, I rocked the world,” said sen­sa­tional 18year-old ath­lete Hima Das. She was speak­ing to her fa­ther on the phone af­ter run­ning like the wind to claim gold in the 400m race at the IAAF World U-20 meet in Fin­land.

This is India’s first-ever gold in an track event.

“I told her that we were all awake to watch her run on tele­vi­sion and she cried,” Ran­jit Das, who is a rice farmer from As­sam’s Na­gaon district, told TOI on Fri­day.

Hima isn’t just a world-class ath­lete who swept past the stiff com­pe­ti­tion with ridicu­lous ease. She is also a so­cially-cons- in­ter­na­tional cious teenager who took the lead in de­mol­ish­ing coun­try liquor vends in her vil­lage Dhing and its neigh­bour­hood. “The girl has the guts to do any­thing and ev­ery­thing. She is never scared to speak out against il­le­gal things. She is a role model for us and for the coun­try,” a neigh­bour told TOI. The ath­lete is fondly called “Dhing Ex­press” by peo­ple in her vil­lage.

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