Of ‘Dhing Express’ Hima Das’s several victories for India

first_img“The only thing I fear is time. I am not running after gold medals, I am running after time. And once I get that, gold medals will run after me,” Hima told Indian Express.A few days after the video of glorious win at the Finland championship went viral, Hima gave an interview to Prag News, a popular local Assamese news channel, from Finland itself.When asked her unstoppable tears post-winning, she giggled embarrassedly and said, “Automatic ahi gol (The tears had come spontaneously)”.’Dhing Express’ is what Das is called by her swelling fan club in AssamIn the lush green rice fields of a remote village called Kandhulimari in Dhing, is where the girl who made it to the 400 m womens’ finals of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Australia’s Gold Coast, trained.Strategy of Hima Das’s game:The 18-year-old Das, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46 seconds to win a gold in the women’s 400 m final race at IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland on July 12, 2018 — which triggered a wild celebration at the Indian camp.Unforgettable moments from @HimaDas8’s victory.Seeing her passionately search for the Tricolour immediately after winning and getting emotional while singing the National Anthem touched me deeply. I was extremely moved.Which Indian won’t have tears of joy seeing this! pic.twitter.com/8mG9xmEuuMNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) 14 July 2018This was though not her personal best as she had clocked 51.13 last month in Guwahti at the National Inter-State ChampionshipsRunning in lane number 4, Das was behind Romania’s Andrea Miklos at the final bend but produced a stunning burst during the final stretch to cross the finishing line well ahead of the field.advertisementShe produced her trademark burst at the final 50 mMiklos took the silver in 52.07 while Taylor Manson of USA was third in 52.28.”I am very happy to win the gold in the World Junior championships. I want to thank all the Indians back home and also those, who were here cheering me. It was very encouraging to have this kind of support,” she said after the race.Das, from Dhing village in Assam’s Nagaon distrist, now joins the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort.In fact, Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competitionDas was the favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile eventHer rise has been nothing less than meteoric as she took up serious running only last yearDas had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400 m final in Gold Coast in April.Since then, she has gone on to improving her timingsShe lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400 m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter State Championships in Guwahati. Hima Das (Photo courtesy: Hima Das/Facebook)India is delighted and proud of athlete Hima Das, who won a historic Gold in the 400m of World U20 Championships. Congratulations to her! This accomplishment will certainly inspire young athletes in the coming years.Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 13, 2018Other Indian women who hit the nail at the Olympics: The first Indian woman to ever win an Olympic medal was Karnam Malleswari. She won a bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics in the Women’s 69 kg category in weightlifting in 2000.Mary Kom clinched a bronze medal at women’s boxing in 2012Sakshi Malik became the first Indian woman to win a bronze medal in women’s 58 kg freestyle wrestling in 2016Saina Nehwal was the first Indian to win a bronze medal at the London Olympics 2012PV Sindhu became the first ever Indian woman to win the silver medal at the Olympics in 2016Seema Punia won bronze in discus throw in 2002Also read: PV Sindhu wins India Open: Know all about India’s new badminton queenInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more