From Assam’s rice fields, 18-year-old Hima Das gives India its first world gold on track

Written by Nihal Koshie
| New Delhi |
Updated: July 13, 2018 4:53:21 am

Hima Das becomes first Indian woman to win gold at Athletics Junior World Championships. (AFI Twitter)

JUST 18 months after running her first competitive race — an inter-district meet in Sivasagar, Assam — 18-year-old Hima Das has created athletics history. The daughter of a rice farmer from Dhing village in Nagaon district, she got India its first ever track gold at a global event by winning the 400 metre final at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Tense on the starting block, Hima started slow and trailed on the home stretch, but her blazing run in the final 80m, where she overtook three rivals, saw her clocking 51.46 seconds.

In Guwahati, her coach Nipon Das says he wasn’t worried when Hima wasn’t among the top three at the final curve. “Her…

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