Hima Das also nicknamed as Dhing Express is an Indian sprint runner from a small village in Assam. She has represented India in the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Her meteoric rise has inspired many. In a Facebook post on October 3, the popular Indian sprinter talks about her journey from not being able to afford proper shoes to becoming the world junior champion. The post was shared by popular Facebook page 'Humans of Bombay', has gone viral online.
She said both her mother and father were rice farmers and they lived in a joint family. She said they never had enough money. Her parents always told her to make the best of what she has. She also talks about how her father does not know about the Commonwealth Games and were really elated and excited about watching her on TV when she qualified for them in 2018.
Hima Das discusses how, in school, she would rehearse football without appropriate shoes and how her physical education teacher intrigued by her speed requested her to participate in the inter-district athletics competition. Winning the challenge opened numerous opportunities for her.
She said that she was identified by two coaches who thought that she had potential and asked her to join their camp in Assam. She added that she was very worried about staying away from her family and also said that her father encouraged her to do it.
She also elaborated about her rigorous routine at the camp where she pursued training twice a day and woke up early in the morning. She said hard work and persistence lead her to get qualified for the Asian Youth Championship. She added that she also represented India at the Asian Games and at the IAAF World U20 Championships. She said she was the first Indian to win a gold medal. The post has collected about 7000 likes when the article was written and a dozen of comments.