Guwahati, August 25: India’s new athletics sensation Hima Das is set to spearhead the Indian challenge in the women’s sprint events at the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday. Hima will be competing in the women’s 400 m qualification round on Saturday from 7:05 pm.
Bringing glory to the nation, sprinter Hima, popularly known as Dhing Express, created a history after clinching a gold medal in the 400-meter final at IAAF- World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland in July. Das took only 51.46 seconds to claim the top position in the 400-meter final. She hails from Kandhulimari village in Dhing, Nagaon.
“We went to the Czech Republic to train after winning the gold medal in Finland. What I learnt there, I will try to apply at the Asian Games. I want to give my best timing and not just win a medal. I run after timing and think about how I can improve my timing,” Hima told media.
She will participate in 200m and 400m events at the Asian Games in Indonesia.
“It’s good that they have introduced mixed relay in the Asian Games. People will have a lot of fun watching it. As far as practice goes, it is the same as in the women’s relay. The baton exchange is the same. But, the coach will decide at the time on who will start the race and who will carry it forward,” said Hima, as quoted by The Week.
Hima said that if she wins gold, it will be special for India, and also for Assam. She mentioned that there’s only been one track and field athlete from Assam before her – Bhogeswar Baruah – who has won gold in the 800m event at the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok
Hima also said she will carry the ‘Axomiya gamusha’ to the Games. “My ‘gamusha’ stays with me. My mother gave it to me. It has each drop of my sweat,” she said, as quoted by The Week.
“I want the blessings of the people of Assam so that I can give my best shot in the Games,” said Hima.