Hima Das or ‘The Golden Girl’ is an Indian athlete who won India’s first track and field gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in 2018. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her on Twitter after she won the gold medal in the World U20 Championship.
Let’s dig into some more exciting facts about Hima Das.
Born on 9 January 2000 (age as in 2018, 18 years) in Dhing, Nagaon, Assam. Young Hima was initially interested in football before she got into track sports and she used to play football with boys. Nipon (Hima’s Coach) spotted her during an inter-district meet. “She was wearing cheap spikes, but she won gold in the 100 and 200. She ran like the wind. I hadn’t seen such a talent in ages,” Nipon said.
Physical Stats & More
Hima Das is 5′ 5″ tall and weighs 50 kg. Her eye colour is black, and her hair colour is brown; with the right side of the head dyed blonde.
Track and Field
- Her Coach- Nipon Das.
- She made her international debut in 2018 at the IAAF World U20 Championships.
- Her main records are – In the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships, she won the Gold medal in 400 meters, clocking a time of 51.46 seconds and became the first Indian track athlete to win a gold in the World Championships in any track event.
- She won a Silver Medal in the Asian Games 2018 held in Indonesia.
- She won a Silver Medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Women’s 4 x 400 m relays and won a Gold Medal in Women’s 400 metres.
A Hindu girl by religion, Hima was born to Father– Ronjit Das (Rice Farmer), Mother– Jomali and has 5 siblings.
- Hima’s Favourite Track Athlete is Ashwini Akkunji.
- She admires the football Player– Nicolás Vélez (Argentina).
- Her favourite singer is Zubeen Garg.
- Her favourite films are Mon Jaai, Mission China.
- Hima’s hobbies are playing football, shooting, listening to music, watching movies.
- Hima’s coach pressurised Hima to shift to Guwahati, 140 km away from her village and convinced her that she had a future in athletics. Her parents were initially hesitant to let her go, but later they agreed.
- Along with The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, The Indian President Ram Nath Kovind also congratulated her on Twitter.
- The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) mocked her English before winning event, but later they apologised after Das grabbed the gold medal.
- In the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, she finished 6th in women’s 400-meter final.
- In August 2018, she won a Silver Medal in the Asian Games held in Indonesia.