Hima Das – An Indian sprinter from the state of Assam

She holds the current Indian national record in 400 meters with a timing of 50.79 s that she clocked at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.


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Hima Das

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.Dhing Express

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. 

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.

Das passed her 12th board exams in May 2019.

She is currently studying her B.A degree in Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University , Assam.

In April 2018, Das competed in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia, in the 400 metres and the 4×400 metres relay.

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.

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.

On 20 July 2019, she achieved her third gold in a month, and fifth gold, in her 400-meter race in Nové Město, Czech Republic completing the race in 52.09 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.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 (left) in 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind (right) presenting the Arjuna Award to Das in 2018

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