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Hima Das Biography: Inspiring Story of India’s Golden Girl

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Hima Das is an Indian sprinter who hails from Assam. In a country that has a drought of sprinters, Das is like a refreshing drizzle. The 21-year-old is the first and the only Indian athlete to ever win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships. Das is also the holder of the current Indian national record in 400 meters with a timing of 50.79 seconds that she clocked at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, Indonesia. Earlier in 2019, Hima set a new milestone by winning 5 consecutive international gold medals in just 20 days.

Hima Das Information

Full Name
Hima Das
21 years [As of April 2021]
Sport Category
Athletics: Track & Field
Sprinting, 100 m,200 m, 400 m
Date of Birth
09 January 2000
54 kg
Nipon Das, Nabajit Malakar, Galina Bukharina
Appointed as DSP in Assam Police, Arjuna Awardee
$5 Million
Father: Ranjit Das. Mother: Jonali Das
Alma Mater
Dhing Public high School and Jawahar Navodaya vidyalaya

Hima Das Biography

Early Life

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Even though she finished six, the 18-year-old showed the world her prowess.

Hima Das was born in a poor family near Kandhulimari village in Assam’s Nagaon district on 9 January. Her parents, Ronjit and Jonali Das belong to the indigenous Kaibarta community. Both of them do farming to support the family.

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She did her alma mater at the Dhing Public High School. There Das was interested in playing football, a sport she would play with the boys. Although she wished to continue playing football, Hima was advised to change her preference to sprinting.

It was Shamshul Sheikh, a teacher at the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, who gave the most valuable piece of information to the youngster after watching her incredible speed while playing football. What followed is history.

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Early Success

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Hima’s achievement is even more remarkable if we consider that she started using spikes only a couple of years ago. The eldest of the six siblings, Hima’s superior talent first came to light at an inter-district meet back in 2016.

Due to the unavailability of a professional running track, she had to practice on a muddy football field.

However, in spite of the lack of training facilities and equipment available, the resilient sprinter scalped a bronze medal in the state meet. Later that year, she reached the 100m final at the junior nationals.

Eventually, Das qualified for the women’s 200m event at the Asian Youth Championships, Bangkok. She went on to finish seventh in the tournament.

However, her time of 24.52 seconds was luckily enough to qualify for the World Youth Championships to be held in Nairobi. There, Das eventually finished at the fifth spot with an overall time of 24.31 seconds.

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Rise of Hima Das

After the initial development, Hima Das built on that success to compete well in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold coast, Australia in April 2018.

She was competing in the 400 meters as well as the 4×400 meters relay. In the former, Das reached the final. However, she had to suffice herself with a sixth-place finish that came in a time of 51.32 seconds.

Her timing was just 1.17 seconds more than Botswana’s gold medalist Amantle Montsho. The 4×400 meters relay was also disappointing since the Indian team could only finish seventh in the final. They had a timing of 3 minutes and 33.61 seconds.

Then on 12 July 2018, Das tasted her first-ever win. Her maiden accomplishment came in the 400 m final at the World U-20 Championships 2018 held at Tampere in Finland. She had clocked 51.46 seconds to reach the summit.

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Moreover, she had become the first Indian sprinter to ever win a gold medal at an international track event. In the race, her run was slower in the first half. However, she timely accelerated in the last 100-meter stretch. Das won the competition in dramatic fashion, overtaking as many as three competitors to get the top honors.

Hima Das At Asian Games 

The 2018 Asian Games was a similar story. Das qualified for the 400m final, clocking 51.00 in heat 1 and setting a new Indian national record. On 26 August 2018, she bettered the national record to 50.79 seconds in the 400m final.

More importantly, she won the silver medal. Four days later, Das, in association with M. R. Poovamma, Sarita Gayakwad, and V. K. Vismaya scripted history. The quartet won the women’s 4 × 400 meters relay by clocking an incredible time of 3:28.72.

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This was a fitting compensation for Hima, who had failed to qualify for the final of the 200 meters race earlier on the same day. It was a false start in the semifinal that had let her down back then.

Hima also won a silver medal in the 4×400 m mixed relay to complete a record-breaking haul at the continental extravaganza.

It was the first time that such a mixed event was held at the Asian Games.

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Hima Das & Adidas

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When she returned back home in September, a surprise was waiting for her. As if a reward for her massive success in Jakarta, sportswear company Adidas India signed Hima Das for an endorsement deal. The company, in a statement, said that the athlete would be equipped with the best products that Adidas has to offer for Das’ racing and athletic needs. Moreover, she was presented with a custom-made shoe.

Further Accolades

Aged only 18, Hima Das was conferred with the Arjuna Award by President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind in 2018 for excellence in Athletics, in a glittering ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on September 25, 2018.

The Government of Assam further appointed her as the state’s brand ambassador for sports. And in the year 2021, she was appointed as the DSP in Assam Police.

Later that year, UNICEF India appointed the Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter as India’s first-ever youth ambassador.

Furthermore, the Indian government would provide Hima Das ‘end-to-end’ funding until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 5 medal-milestone

The year 2019 didn’t start well for Hima Das as her back pain aggravated from bad to worse. It is understood that she suffered discomfort in the back post the Asian triumph. However, mismanagement on the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) officials’ handled to the worsening of the injury.

After spending most of the first half of 2019 on the sidelines, Hima made a winning return on July 2 by winning a gold medal at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland. She matched it up with another gold five days later at the Kutno Athletics Meet, also in Poland. The sprinter followed it up with medals three more yellow metals in the span of 20 days, setting a new milestone. Hima matched it up with another top finish at the Athleticky Mitink Reiter event in the Czech Republic in August.

However, the youngster paid the price for a hurried return as well, as her back pain returned back. Das, therefore, had to miss the biggest track and field meet in the world, the Athletics World Championships held between September.

Hima Das Family

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My life ? My inspiration ?????

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Hima Das was born in a joint family of 17 in the Kandhulimari village near Dhing in Assam to Ranjit and Jonali Das. Her parents belong to the indigenous Kaibarta community. Both of them do farming to support the family.

As Ranjit was a fast runner himself, he saw no reason to deny Hima from pursuing sprinting. He saw “real passion” in Hima, according to him. However, it was Jonali who had certain reservations about her decision to run. This was natural, considering Hima’s profession required her to travel to faraway places, on her own.

Hima Das Awards and achievements

Asian Games
Gold2018 JakartaWomen’s 4×400 m
Silver2018 JakartaMixed 4×400 m
Silver2018 Jakarta400 m
World U20 Championships
Gold2018 Tampere400 m

Hima Das DSP Assam Police

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On 26th Feb. 2021, the star sprinter, was inducted as Deputy Superintendent of Assam Police. Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal handed her the appointment letter. Top functionaries of the state government as well as from the police department, including the Director-General of police attended the program.

Hima Das Social Media

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Thanks my mother father

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Maaa tuje salam

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Monish Gadiya is the Head of Content at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in Civil Engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.


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  1. मला सुद्धा Indian athletic बनायचं आहे.त्याच्यासाठी मी कठीण परीश्रम व अफाट मेहनत करण्यास तयार आहे. मला एका परिक्षकाची गरज आहे.मला जर चांगले प्रशिक्षण मिळाले तर मी सुद्धा माझ्या,तुमच्या,आपल्या या भारत देशाचे नाव उज्ज्वल करु शकतो. My Dream in only Indian athletic… Thank you..

  2. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work” This quote suits perfectly for Hima Das, an inspiration for all.


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