Hima Das Scripts History, becomes Junior World Champion
Hima Das who hails from Dhing, Nagaon, Assam became the first Indian Woman track Athlete to win a track gold medal at 400 meters with a time of 51.46 seconds at the IAAF Under-20 World Championship in Tampere, Finland. Hima has also led the overall time charts in the semi-finals with a timing of 52.10 seconds. Hima had joined ONGC on a scholarship roll from 1 April 2018.
She also improved upon the Indian U-20 record in 400 m in 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recently-concluded National Inter State Championship in Guwahati. Hima Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition. The previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in Discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in Discus in 2014). Navjeet Dhillon was also on a scholarship roll of ONGC a couple of years back.
Margaret Sanger once said, “She must not accept; but she must challenge. A woman must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression”. So has been Hima’s journey, who achieved a milestone that one can only dream of, but she made it real with her hard work and diligence.
Heartiest Congratulations to Hima on becoming the Junior World Champion and making India and ONGC Proud!!!