28 February, 2021

Promising Hima Das Spicing Up India's Olympic Dreams

A clutch of gold medals in low-grade European competitions grabbed headlines but sprinter Hima Das is building a stomach for a tough fight at the upcoming world championships

Photograph by PTI
Promising Hima Das Spicing Up India's Olympic Dreams

Mind The Gap

200 metres

  • Hima’s Best: 23.10 sec
  • World Championships best: 21.63 sec
  • Olympics best: 21.34 sec

400 metres

  • Hima’s Best: 50.79 sec
  • Olympics best: 48.25 sec
  • World Championships best: 47.99 sec


The great Western cliche of the ‘great Ind­ian rope trick’ is passe. Its 21st century successor, the ‘great Indian masala trick’, is well and truly on track—quite literally. Well, Indian masalas are seemingly spicing up performances of top Indian track and field athletes, including in-form sprinter Hima Das, as they train for a few impending big events. These athletes, now training at a pre­paratory camp in Poland with eye on September’s World Championships and the 2020 Olympic Games, have...

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