In our country, sports has been dominated by men and cricket. However, in the recent past, several female athletes such as Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom and Sania Mirza have broken past that assumption by winning prestigious international accolades. Sprinter Hima Das, another star athlete, has kept India’s flag flying high. She recently won the women's 200m gold at the Star Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland, clocking 23.56 seconds.
This was Hima's first competitive 200m race of the year. She has a personal best of 23.10s, which she clocked last year. Another Indian, VK Vismaya finished third with a personal best time of 23.75s in the race at Poznan on Tuesday night.
Nicknamed ‘Dhing Express’, Hima Das is an Indian sprint runner from the state of Assam. She is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships. She was also appointed as India's first ever youth ambassador of UNICEF on 14 November 2018. Hima initially wanted to pursue a career in football, but wasn't able to because of the lack of prospects for women in football. She later chose to become a sprint runner after consulting a teacher at school.
In the same tournament, national record holder shot putter Tejinderpal Singh Toor bagged a bronze, with a best effort of 19.62m. His national record while winning Asian Games gold last year stands at 20.75m.
Keep on shining, Hima! We hope your winning streak continues.