Hima Das is the First Indian Women Athlete to Win Gold in IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championship.
Hima Das (born 9 January 2000) is an Indian sprinter. She comes from the state of Assam, which is in the North-East region of India. She became the first Indian to win a Gold medal in a track event at the World Junior Athletics Championships in 2018.
Hima Das was born in Kandhulimari village, Dhing, Nagaon, Assam to Ronjit and Jonali Das, who are rice farmers by profession and she is the eldest of four children.She attended the Dhing Public high School and began playing football as a child. She played the sport with the boys at her school and wanted to pursue a career in football. Later, on the suggestion of Shamsul Haque, a Physical Education Trainer from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Das switched over to athletics and began participating in short and middle distance races.Hoque introduced her to Gowri Shankar Roy of the Nagaon Sports Association. Das later qualified for an inter-district competition and won two Gold medals at the sports meet.
Das caught the attention of Nipon Das, an athletics coach from the Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare during an inter-district competition. He asked her to shift to Guwahati for training. Hima Das's parents agreed to the proposal despite their reservations. Describing her as a rare talent Nipon Das said that Hima Das' "dedication and hard work set her apart". She then moved near to Saarusajai Sports Complex and got enrolled to the state academy, which specialised in boxing and football. Later, a separate wing was started for athletics.
Das became the first Indian track athlete to hold a global title on winning the Gold medal at the World U-20 Championships 2018 at Tampere, Finland, in Women's 400m with a time of 51.46 seconds. Having run a slower first half, Das accelerated on the last 100 meter stretch overtaking three competitors en route to the gold medal.Das is now part of a group of Indian athletes who have won medals at the World U20 Championships, which includes Seema Punia (Bronze, Discus throw), Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (Bronze, Discus throw) and Neeraj Chopra (Gold, Javelin throw).
1.2018 World U20 Championships Tampere, Finland 1st 400 m 51.46 s
Honours - Commonwealth Games
6. 400 Metres 51.32 Gold Coast (AUS) 11 APR 2018
7. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:33.61 Gold Coast (AUS) 14 APR 2018