Hima Das was born at Kandhulimari village, near the town of Dhing in her home state of Assam to Ronjit Das and Jonali Das. They belong to the Kaibbarta community of Assam. Her parents are farmers by profession. She is the youngest of five siblings. She attended the Dhing Public high School and later on Jawahar Navodaya vidyalaya after clearing entrance exam in 5th class and was initially interested in playing football. She used to play football with the boys at her JNV school and had always wanted to pursue a career in football. However, she did not see any prospects for herself in the women’s football scene in India. Later, upon advice from a school physical education teacher at JNV, she changed to sprint running.
Das passed her 12th board exams in May 2019.
On 12 July 2018, Das won the 400 m final at the World U-20 Championships 2018 held at Tampere, Finland, clocking 51.46 seconds and becoming the first Indian sprinter to win a gold medal at an international track event.
At the 2018 Asian Games, Das qualified for the 400 m final, after clocking 51.00 in heat 1 and setting a new Indian national record. On 26 August 2018 she improved the national record to 50.79 s in the 400 m final however she could win only the silver medal. Later on 30 August 2018, she, along with M. R. Poovamma, Sarita Gayakwad and V. K. Vismaya won the women’s 4 × 400 metres relay clocking 3:28.72. Hima also won a silver medal in the 4 × 400 m mixed relay, which was held for the first time at Asian Games.
Das continued her success in 2019 winning the 200m gold in Poznan Grand Prix in Poland, on 2 July 2019, with a time of 23.65 seconds.
On 13 July, she won 200m gold at the Kladno Meet in the Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 seconds.
She was named for the World Championships to be held at Doha in October 2019. However a month before, she was ruled out of participation due to a back problem, that had started right after she competed at the Asian games the previous year.
On Feb 27, 2021, Hima Das enrolled as a civil servant in the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police of Assam Police Service cadre through Assam Public Service Commission without giving the Common Competetive Examination but through Direct Entry.
Awards and accolades
President Ram Nath Kovind (right) presenting the Arjuna Award to Das in 2018
- Conferred with Arjuna Award by the President of India on 25 September 2018.
- Das appeared in India’s famous TV reality-show conducted by actor Amitabh Bachchan called Kaun Banega Crorepati on 1 November 2019.
- Hima Das Appointed as a civil servant under the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police in Assam Police Service cadre by Assam Public Service Commission without her appearing for the Combined Competetive Examination but through direct entry mode on February 2021
- Das is the second athlete from Assam after Bhogeswar Baruah to win a gold medal at an international event.