Apart from winning the gold medal in Finland, Hima Das claimed three medals, including a gold, at the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia. She acknowledged that the road ahead will be difficult
Mumbai: India's young sprinter Hima Das revealed on Friday that she "did not tell" her parents that she was taking part in the IAAF Under-20 World Championship in Finland, an event that saw her script history.
In July, 18-year-old Hima scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at the IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championships as she clinched the top spot in the women's 400m final race on the third day of the competitions.
"I did not tell my parents that I was playing such a big tournament. I told them that it was a small game. My parents saw it on television. After I reached the room and called my father, he said 'I was going to sleep'," recalled Hima.
"I said, I became world champion and you are sleeping, to which my dad said, let's see in the morning,” she added.
Apart from winning the gold medal in Finland, Hima claimed three medals, including a gold, at the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia. She acknowledged that the road ahead will be difficult.
"It will be a challenge, and I will have to train well. It will be a little tough," she said.
Hima said that post her success, her village in Assam has got new roads and also electricity.
"There are changes which I noticed, there is a new road and lights have come up in the village," she said.
Last Updated 2:18 PM IST