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The Race from Assam’s Rice field to the Czech Republic: The Story of Golden Girl Hima Das

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia
Hima Das

“Dhing Express” Hima Das has picked up her fifth gold medal at the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix, Czech Republic. She won the 400m race with a season-best timing of 52.09 seconds although her personal best is 50.79 seconds, which she recorded at the 2018 Asian Games.

All Indian “ Netizens” including prominent players like Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood celebrities are going ‘gaga’ over Hima Das on Twitter and appreciate the 19-year-old athlete for her remarkable achievement. The internet is flooded with praising lines for Hima Das for her decision to donate her career’s half income to the victim of Assam Flood.

Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma said Hima is a "huge inspiration to young girls". Prominent Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor wrote in his twitter, "Congratulations on winning the 5th gold, Hima. Your act of kindness towards Assam is an inspiration to us all. A great athlete with a heart of gold. Wishing you all the more success! India is proud of you,"

President Ramnath Kovind congratulated the athlete for the first time in Assamese and appreciates her remarkable achievement towards the nation.

“Three weeks, five gold medals! You’re incredible @HimaDas8 Keep sprinting, keep shining — and may this success set the pace for glory at the 2020 Olympic Games #PresidentKovind,” the President of India tweeted.

But the journey from Dhing rice field to the Czech Republic’s running track was not all bed of roses.

The nineteen-year-old athlete was born in a poor family of Nagaon district, Assam on 9th January which is belong to indigenous Kaibarta community. Her parents Ranjit and Jonali Das engaged in farming to support their family.

She did her high school at the Dhing Public High School and interested in playing football since childhood. It was Shamshul Sheikh, a teacher at the JNV(Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya) who gave most valuable advice to the young player after watching her incredible speed and since then Dhing Express is unstoppable.

But the whole journey starts with all the sweat and blood and running across the rice field. Due to the unavailability of a professional running track, she had to practice on a muddy football field. The eldest among the six siblings, her talent first come to the limelight at an inter-district meet back in 2016.  

However, in spite of all proper training and equipment, she reached 5the 100m final at the junior nationals. Eventually, she qualified for the women’s 200m event at the Asian Youth Championship, Bangkok. And the rest included in the history.

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