Hima Das has recently made our country India proud with her achievement. The whole country is cheering for her as she created history.
The daughter of a farmer from Dhing village in Nagaon district, sprinted her way to victory at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships as she clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race on the third day of competitions. Das, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold. She finished ahead of Andrea Miklos of Romania and Taylor Manson of the United States to win the race.
Her coach Nipon Das recently revealed the 18-year-old prefers to practise with male athletes in order to increase her performance levels.
He is credited with discovering Hima's talent from a remote village in Assam, 140 km from Guwahati. He was instrumental in getting Hima to come down to Guwahati back in 2017 so that she could receive proper training at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.
Nipon, speaking about Hima's achievement to a leading daily, revealed she prefers to train with male athletes to achieve higher levels of competition. "Normally, when a girl starts to train with the boys, they tend to improve their performance level. And Hima was so desperate to improve that she always wanted to run with the boys," he was quoted as saying.
This isn't the first report about Hima competing or even going toe-to-toe boys in sport. In an interview with PTI, Hima's cousin Joy Das had said, "Physically also, she is very strong. She can kick a football like any of us. I told her not to play football with the boys but she did not listen to us," he said.
Hima's father Ronjit Das, who is a rice farmer by profession, said Hima always had an unwavering determination and would run through brick walls to achieve her goals. "She is very stubborn. If she wants to do something she will not listen to anybody but she will do it with aplomb. She is a strong girl and that is why she is coming up to -achieve something. I hope she will do something for the country," he said.
Hima has surely become a great motivation for girls in the country.