Indonesia: India’s “Golden Girl” Hima Das who is popularly known as “Dhing Express” in the state of Assam, is set to spearhead the Indian challenge in the women’s sprint events at the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday. Hima will be competing in the women’s 400m qualification round on Saturday from 7:05 pm.
Bringing glory to the nation, sprinter Hima, popularly known as Dhing Express, created history after clinching a gold medal in the 400-meter final at IAAF – World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland in July. Das took only 51.46 seconds to claim the top position in the 400-meter final. She hails from Kandhulimari village in Dhing, Nagaon.
“We went to the Czech Republic to train after winning the gold medal in Finland. What I learnt there, I will try to apply at the Asian Games. I want to give my best timing and not just win a medal. I run after timing and think about how I can improve my timing,” Hima told media.
Hima Das will be participating in the 200m and 400m track events in the Asian Games in Indonesia.
“It’s good that they have introduced mixed relay in the Asian games. People will have a lot of fun watching it. As far as practice goes, it is the same as in the women’s relay. The baton exchange is the same. But, the coach will decide at the time on who will start the race and who will carry it forward,” said Hima, as quoted by The Week.
Hima expressed her plans to try her best to get a gold for the country and it will be special for her as well as for the country as well as Assam too. She also mentioned that there’s been only one track and field athlete from Assam before her – Bhogeshwar Baruah – who won a gold in the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok. If she wins a gold, then then it will be a triumphant historic win not only for the country but also for the entire Assamese brethren.
Hima also said that she will be carrying the ‘gamucha’, the symbol of Assamese identity, with her to the games. “My “gamucha” stays with me. My mother gave it to me. It has each drop of my sweat,” she quoted while giving an interview to The Week.
Hima Das will appear in today’s event in the evening 7:05 pm and the entire nation is keeping hope for a medal from her as in a very short time, she has become an idol an inspiration to the entire youth, especially for the girls, who are looking forward to be like her.
At the end Hima Das asked his community people as well as the entire country to keep her in our prayers when she will be down at the track in action against her competitors.