Hima Das, the wonder woman of India
Hima Das has created a history by winning a goal medal in women’s 400 meters race at the IAAF World Under 20 championship by bursting an incredible speed at the final moments. She clocked 51.46s to win the gold in Finland on Thursday. This made her an overnight sensation in India. Everyone from Narendra Modi to the President took to their twitter to congratulate her on her excellent success. This is the first time any Indian athlete has won gold in any track event in any age group.
Hailing from Kandhulimari village in Dhing, Assam which has gained a sudden spotlight after her fame. She is the eldest of four siblings born to a simple farming family. She attended Dhing Public School and began playing football as a child. She was into sports from an early age and seeing her potential Shyamasul Haque; a physical education instructor brought her to Gowri Shankar Roy at the Nagaon Sports Association, where she qualified for district competition. The way she progressed day after day it was the result of her passion and hard work.
Later she was spotted by Nipon Das, an athletics coach who took her to Guwahati, convincing her and her parents that she had a future in athletics. Then Das started training at Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Guwathi from where her winning streak began, bragging gold after gold in every competition. After that, she never had to look back.
Her story tells us how a simple girl from a low-income family can achieve something more significant with fierce determination and hard work. She could be an inspiration for many teenagers and an example that even an Indian athlete can compete and win in a world stage track event.
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