It’s the 18 year old Hima Das from Assam who has scripted history glorifying the name of India at international level. Hailing from a small village, some kilometers away from Guwahati, Hima Das owes the credit to her coach Nipon Das also. She has become the first Indian to win a gold in a track event internationally.
It’s a proud moment for all the Indians, who more than often are rejoicing over the achievements of cricketers only. Hima Das with this glorious victory has entered the club of other international winners from India in U20 championships, which includes prestigious names of Seema Punia (bronze, discus), Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze, discus) and Neeraj Chopra (gold, javelin).
Winning the 400 metre final at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, is not her best feat as she already has a record of running 400 metre in lesser time in Guwahati interstate championship. Initially reluctant to send her daughter to Guwahati for the training on coach Nipon’s insistence, Das’s parents were more than elated with this achievement of hers.
"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.” These are the words in which she expresses her happiness after the race. (Courtesy: India Today)