Assam’s sprint queen Hima Das on this day (July 12) last year became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World U20 Championship held in Finland‘s Tampere.
Reminiscing about this remarkable achievement in her career, Hima Das on Friday stated on her Twitter handle that she would try to achieve more medals for the country.
She tweeted, “Today is the most memorable day of my life. On this day in 2018, i became the first Indian athlete to win gold medal in the @iaaforg World U20 Championship. I will continue to work hard and achieve more for my country.”
Today is the most memorable day of my life. On this day in 2018, i became the first Indian athlete to win gold medal in the @iaaforg World U20 Championship. I will continue to work hard and achieve more for my country. #ProudIndian @afiindia @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @iosindiaoff pic.twitter.com/c0LYAdphX9
— Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) July 12, 2019
Last year, Hima Das, who hails from Dhing in Assam’s Nagaon district, bagged gold medal in Finland after completing 400 m race in 51.46 seconds.
The sensational sprinter from the state also bagged three medals – one gold and two silver in track events of the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta of Indonesia.
Hima, despite struggling with a back problem for the past few months finished at the top clocking 23.97 seconds to clinch her second international gold medal this year in women’s 200 m at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on Sunday.
In her first competitive 200 m race, Hima, dubbed as the ‘Dhing Express’ had clocked 23.65 seconds on her way to gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix, in Poland, on Tuesday last.
In recognition to her contribution to the filed of sports, Hima Das was also honoured with the Arjuna Award.
Despite being diagnosed with spondylitis of the lumbar vertebrae in May, Hima Das emerged as a source of inspiration for the youngsters of the country with her achievements.
Apart from her achievements in sports, Hima Das also surprised the people of the country with her good academic performance in the Higher Secondary final examination 2019.
In spite of long hours of training for her athletic career, she even found time to devote herself to her studies and secured 69.8 per cent marks in HS (Arts) exam this year.