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Hima Das – The Dhing Express

Dhing, a town area committee in Assam’s Nagaon is the place where The Dhing Express started its journey from. Though you might have heard the name of the place for the first time, you might be wondering about the train. Guessing its looks, facilities and other services just like you would’ve done for any other Indian train (e.g. East Coast Express). Well, the pronoun ‘it’ is not even supposed to be used with The Dhing Express! After all, she is an Arjuna Awardee at just 18 years of age and holds the national record in 400m relay – Hima Das!

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Yes, she has been nicknamed ‘The Dhing Express’ and is the current national record holder in 400m with a timing of 50.79s. And yes, she is just 19 years old now. She is the first Indian athlete to win a Gold medal in IAAF World U20 Championships. Not only the U20 Championships, but she has also won 5 Golds in 18 days! After this golden run, citizens have high hopes from her in the upcoming World Championships. Before proceeding with this impact on the commoners, it would be fitting that we know about her life.

She was born to Ronjit and Jonali Das, farmers by profession, and did her schooling in Assam itself. While studying, she used to play football and thought of pursuing it as her full-time career. But looking at the faint scope of women football in India. Her parents didn’t allow her to continue with it. Later, upon advice from a school teacher, she changed to sprint running.

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There is no looking back since then. Taking part, and winning many events such as the Poznan Athletic Grand Prix, Kutno Athletics Meet and the 2018 Asian Games, her life has been an integration of ups till date. In the month of July 2019, she bagged 5 Gold Medals in various athletic meets in the Czech Republic and Poland.

Few Achievements at the age of 19:

  • Conferred with Arjuna Award by the President of India on 25 September 2018.
  • Appointed as India’s first-ever youth ambassador of UNICEF-India on 14 November 2018.
  • Appointed as the Assam’s brand ambassador for sports by the Government of Assam.
  • Das is the second athlete from Assam after Bhogeswar Baruah to win a gold medal at an international event.

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But, this is not all. We know, there are both sides to a coin and in the same way, the upcoming World Championships will be a real test of her mettle. The events in which Hima participated were ” in the 2nd-last and 3rd-last tier” as per the IAAF standards, but the Championships won’t be the same. Of course, she is practicing as much as possible, which is the duty of every representative of the nation. The heartwarming news is that Indian athletics’ high-performance director, Volker Herrman, feels that “Hima Das is progressing in the right direction and is close to her best.” Anyway, we are ready to keep our faith with her and support her till the end, aren’t we?

“She has made those parents feel guilty who killed their daughters before birth.”


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