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Hima Das: An Indian sprinter

Hima Das (born 9 January 2000), nicknamed the “Dhing Express”, is an Indian sprint runner from the state of Assam. She holds the current Indian national record in 400 metres with a timing of 50.79 s that she clocked at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships.

Awards and accolades

Das is the second Assamese runner after Bhogeswar Baruah to win a gold medal at an international event. Baruah won a gold medal at the 1966 Asian Games in the men’s 800 meter event. The Government of Assam appointed her as the state’s brand ambassador for sports.

She was conferred with Arjuna Award by the President of India on 25 September 2018.[ On 14th November 2018, UNICEF-India has appointed Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter Hima Das as the country’s first ever youth ambassador.

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