Golden girl Hima Das breaks records — and liquor vends
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.