The upward graph of Hima Das may have left some experts flabbergasted, but the 18-year-old possesses all the ingredients to become a star.

In about 10 months, the wiry daughter of a farmer from a nondescript village of Nagaon district in Assam has recorded a huge leap on the track to be among the best in the country in women’s 200m and 400m.

Hima’s coach Nipon Das, who has been a mentor to the rookie since spotting her in January last year, said her confidence was the key to her success. “She does not get overawed by anybody. In every race, her goal is to beat the best with better timing,” said Nipon


Nipon said he had asked his ward to try out the 400m as it would provide her a chance to be part of relay teams. “Hima made rapid strides after joining the National camp in November. From doing 55.57 for 400m in the East Zone meet in September, she has come a long way in a short time.”

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