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Hima Das - All your questions answered!

Hima Das - All your questions answered!

Md Imtiaz

Published: 9 Jan 2021 4:18 AM GMT

Nicked named as 'Dhing Express', Hima Das was unknown to the world even three years ago. The quarter miler, who was picked in the senior national camp, following some impressive performances at Junior National Championships, Asian and World Youth Championships in 2017, shone brightly Federation Cup in Patiala in March 2018. Das comfortably won the 400m gold in 51.97 seconds, breaking the 52-second qualifying mark for the Commonwealth Games later that year.

The 2018 CWG saw her international debut. Though she didn't win a medal, she improved on her personal best timings in the heats and the finals of the 400m in Gold Coast.

What brought Hima Das into limelight?

On 12 July 2018, Hima Das first showcased to the world her ability and caught the imagination of Indian fans as she created history at Tampere, Finalnd. Hima Das won gold in the 400 metres at the IAAF World U20 Championships, clocking 51.46 seconds. It made her the first Indian athlete to win a medal at any track event at the World Athletics Championships.

Her achievement drew praise from all around India and she thus achieved the reputation as 'Dhing Express'. The sprinter from the state of Assam would soon add to her burgeoning reputation.

What did Hima Das achieve in Asian Games 2018?

Hima Das became a household name after the U-20 World Championships success and her brilliance continued in Asian Games 2018. In the 400m individual event, she created a new national record of 51 seconds in the heats, and then in the final, she broke her own 400m national record within a day as she ran the final in 50.79 seconds, and won the silver.

Hima Das winning gold at the Asian Games in the mixed relay event Hima Das winning gold at the Asian Games in the mixed relay event

Das further won gold in the 4x100m women’s relay alongside MR Poovamma, Sarita Gaikwad and VK Vismaya and would create further history as she was also part of the gold-medal winning 4x100m mixed relay, with Muhammed Anas, Arokia Rajiv and MR Poovamma. This was the first time a mixed relay was held.

The momentous feats earned Hima the Arjuna Award in 2018.

What is Hima Das' earnings? What was the Adidas Deal?

In September 2018, Adidas signed an endorsement deal with Hima Das. The same year, she received an annual endorsement fee between ₹ 10 and ₹ 15 lakh from Adidas along with racing and training brand merchandise. In 2019, Hima's fees went up from about Rs 30-35 lakh a year per brand to about Rs 60 lakh annually. Such an increase came after Hima's gold pursuits.

In July 2019, Hima created a a staggering haul of five 200m gold medals in less than a month. The first one arrived at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland and she would follow it up by winning another gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet just five days later. Barely a week after that, Hima Das won a third-consecutive gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic and added a fourth to her collection at the Tabor Athletics Meet. A fifth gold medal would follow at the Mezinarodni Atleticky Mitink.

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What is her mission for Olympics in 2021?

Hima could now be seen join forces with Dutee Chand and anchor the women’s 4x100m relay team as it gears up to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. After her brilliant performance in 2018 that saw her win the 400m silver at the Jakarta Asian Games, a persistent back injury has hampered Hima Das from running the 400m in major events. India’s chief national coach Radhakrishnan Nair said Hima will now be preparing for the relay with Dutee and other members.

The list of Hima Das’ records in July 2019

  • July 2, 2019: Hima Das bagged 200m gold in Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland in 23.65 seconds.
  • July 7, 2019: Hima Das won 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland in 23.97 seconds.
  • July 13, 2019: Das won 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic in 23.43 seconds.
  • July 17, 2019: Das won a gold medal in the 200m race at Tabor Athletics Meet Czech Republic in 23.25 seconds.
  • July 20, 2019: Das won a gold medal in the 400-metre event in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, in 52.09 seconds.

The list of Hima Das’ records in 2018:

  • At Asian Games in 2018, Hima Das won a silver medal in the 4×400-metre mixed relay
  • In July, 2018, Das won the 400 m final at the World U-20 Championships 2018 at Tampere in Finland by clocking 51.46 seconds
  • She also set an Indian U20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April 2018

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