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Hima Das Is The Athlete Who Is Making India Proud!

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She ran her first competitive race as recently as 18 months ago. And today, she has already made history. Hima Das has won the 400-metre final at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. In country like India, where our record in athletics is sketchy at best, she’s the champion we’ve been waiting for. Congratulations for this young girl have been pouring in from across the country.

When you first watch her go, she doesn’t look like she’s going to kick up a storm. The start is wobbly. And then just like that, she’s running past the others and when she crosses the finish line, it’s a photo finish. She’s impressive, and as her coach Nipon Das, likes to say ‘She runs like the wind.’

It wasn’t easy, Hima’s journey. She’s the daughter of a farmer from Assam and was spotted by Nipon at an inter-district meet who nudged her towards athletics. She trained hard, and in little more than a year, she’s bringing in the accolades.

We can’t wait to see what else Hima as in store. Congratulations girl, you make India proud!

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Mansi Shah is the resident humour writer and random conversation starter. Tends to laugh manically at puns. Deeply enjoys the blunt force of sarcasm. Preys on chauvinists and people with incorrect grammar. Hoards makeup and beauty products. Attacks Nutella with vigour.

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