India does not have much of a claim in the field of sports, except cricket, which is not an Olympic sport, Hima Das, an Indian sprint runner has changed all that. She was born at Kandhulimari village, near the town of Dhing in the state of Assam to parents who are farmers by profession. She is the youngest of five children. She attended the Dhing Public high School and was initially interested in playing football. But bereft of any future prospects, playing football with boys, she upon the advice of her school physical education teacher opted for sprint.
Hima found the going tough and having poor parents exacerbated her sufferings. She ran without running shoes which she could not afford. She ran in borrowed shorts and T-shirts which she took from the boys at her school. Her humble background, inability to communicate in English, all became obstacles in her quest for excellence in sprinting.
Hima Das was born on 9 January 2000, and is nicknamed the Dhing Express. (the name of her village). She holds the current Indian national record in 400 meters with a timing of 50.79 s that she clocked at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships
At the 2018 Asian Games, Das qualified for the 400 m final, after clocking 51.00 in heat 1 and setting a new Indian national record. On 26 August 2018, she improved the national record to 50.79 s in the 400 m final to win the silver medal. Hima also won a silver medal in the 4×400 m mixed relay, which was held for the first time at Asian Games.
In September 2018, Adidas signed an endorsement deal with Hima Das. Proving the adage, ‘No Pain, No Gain’, the girl who once ran barefoot, today has the world’s largest sports shoe manufacturer name a range of running shoes after her!
In July 2019, she bagged a total of 5 gold medals in a month, indicative of history in the making as India has in her sights, the greatest sprinter ever!
Hima Das has passed 12th grade exam from Assam Higher Secondary Education Council in May 2019, making her our contemporary!