|Nicknames||Dhing Express, Mon Jai, Golden Girl
|Famous For||Being India's first track and field gold medallist at the IAAF World Championships in 2018|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet inches- 5’ 5”
|Hair Colour||Brown (Right side of the head is dyed Blonde)|
|Track and Field|
|International Debut||In 2018 at the IAAF World U20 Championships|
|Coach/Mentor||• Nippon Das
• Nabajit Malakar
• Galina Bukharina
|Records (main ones)||• At the 2018 Asian Games, after clocking 51.00 in heat 1, Das set a new national record in India.
• On 26 August 2018, she improved the national record to 50.79 s.
|Medals||• Gold at the World U-20 Championships 2018 held at Tampere, Finland on 12 July 2018
• Silver in 400 m at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta
• Gold in Mixed 4×400 m at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta
• Gold in Women's 4×400 m at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta
• Gold in 200 m in Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on 2 July 2019
• Gold in 200m at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on 7 July 2019
• Gold in 200 m at the Kladno Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic on 13 July 2019
• Gold in 200 m at the Tabor Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic on 17 July 2019
• Gold in 400 m in Nove Mesto, the Czech Republic on 20 July 2019
|Awards, Honours||• Arjuna Award on 25 September 2018
• Appointed as India's first-ever youth ambassador of UNICEF-India on 14 November 2018
• Appointed as the Assam’s brand ambassador for sports by the Government of Assam
|Date of Birth||9 January 2000|
|Age (as in 2019)||19 Years|
|Birthplace||Kandhulimari Village, Dhing, Nagaon, Assam|
|Hometown||Dhing, Nagaon, Assam|
|School||Dhing Public High School|
|Educational Qualification||She passed the 12th-grade exam from Assam Higher Secondary Education Council in May 2019|
|Caste||Keot (Kaibarta)- Scheduled Caste|
|Hobbies||Playing Football, Shooting, Listening to Music, Watching Movies|
|Boys, Affairs & More|
|Parents||Father- Ronjit Das (farmer)
Mother- Jonali (farmer)
|Siblings||Brother- Basanta (younger)
Sister(s)- Rinti Das (younger), Barsha (youngest)
|Favourite Track Athlete||Ashwini Akkunji|
|Favourite Football Player||Nicolás Vélez (Argentina)|
|Favourite Cricketer(s)||M. S. Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar|
|Favourite Singer(s)||Zubeen Garg, Papon|
|Favourite Film(s)||Mon Jaai (a 2008 Assamese language film), Mission China (a 2017 Assamese language film)|
|Favourite Bollywood Actor||Akshay Kumar|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Hima Das
- Prior to getting into the track & field event, Hima was interested in Football. She used to play football with boys at her school and even wanted to pursue her career in Football.
- Later, Hima opted sprint as her career; upon advice from a school physical education teacher named Shamsul Hoque.
- Nippon (Hima’s Coach) spotted her during an inter-district meet. He says-
She was wearing cheap spikes, but she won gold in the 100 and 200. She ran like the wind. I hadn’t seen such a talent in ages.”
- The coach pressurized Hima to shift to Guwahati, 140 km away from her village and convinced her that she had a future in athletics.
- Hima was first trained in Guwahati’s Sarusajai stadium by head coach Nipon Das and Nabajit Malakar.
- In Guwahati, Hima Das, who was used to running 100 m and 200 m, was asked to switch to 400 m.
- Her parents were initially reluctant to let her go, but, later, they agreed.
- Hima’s father, Ronjit Das, was a fast runner himself. He says-
When Hima told me that she wanted to pursue sports, I saw no point in stopping her. Her passion is real. And there’s no stopping passion like that.”
- After winning the gold medal in the World U20 Championship, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her on Twitter.
- Indian President Ram Nath Kovind also congratulated her on Twitter.
- The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) mocked her English prior to winning event, but later it apologized after Das grabbed the gold medal.
- In the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, she finished sixth in women’s 400-meter final.
- In August 2018, she won a Silver Medal in the Asian Games held in Indonesia.
- On 25 September 2018, the Government of India conferred Hima Das with the Arjuna Award.
- Hima Das is a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar and in September 2018, she received a jersey signed by Sachin Tendulkar.
- In October 2018, GQ India Magazine featured Hima Das on its cover as the “Young Indian of the Year.”
- In July 2019, Hima Das created sensations in India after winning five gold medals in a single month.
- After Bhogeswar Baruah, Hima is the first athlete from Assam to win a gold medal at an international event.
- Hima Das is the Brand Ambassador of Assam Fire and Emergency Services.
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- Hima Das is also the brand ambassador of Adidas.
- Hima campaigns to break archaic taboos like menstruation and openly advocates for women empowerment.
- In an interview, Hima’s father said-
When she was 7, she used to tell me ‘Deuta (Father), I want to fly on an airplane one day’. But look at her today — she’s done so much more than that.”
- On 1 November 2019, she appeared on the special “Karamveer” shoe of KBC Season 11 along with Dutee Chand.
- Here’s an interesting video about Hima Das’ biography: