Assam sprinter Hima Das, who had a stellar 2018, has been nominated for the prestigious ‘Khel Ratna’ by the state government of Assam. The 20-year-old, nicknamed ‘Dhing Express’, is one of the youngest nominees for the award this year.
Assam sports secretary Dulal Chandra Das sent the letter of recommendation to the sports ministry on June 5.
Hima Das, India’s first track athlete to win a global title at U20 World Championship in Tampere, Finland in 2018, will compete with ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, TT player Manika Batra, women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal and cricketer Rohit Sharma for country’s highest sporting honour.
After winning the U-20 world title, she bagged 400m silver, 4X400 mixed relay gold (upgraded) and women’s 4X400m gold at the Jakarta Asian Games. Hima bagged 200m gold in Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland in 2019 and 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic as she continued to sizzle.
It may be mentioned that Hima received Arjuna Award in 2018.
Meanwhile, 23-yer-old pugilist Lovlina Borgohain, hails from Golaght, has been nominated for the Arjuna Award. She is the first woman from Assam to qualify for the Olympics and the second boxer from the state to represent the country after Shiva Thapa.
She won a gold medal at 1st India Open International Boxing Tournament held in New Delhi and a silver medal at the 2nd India Open International Boxing Tournament held in Guwahati. She won a bronze medal at the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships held in Ulan-Ude, Russia. As of March 2020, she ranked third in the world in the 69 kg weight category and has become the first woman from Assam to qualify for the Olympics and the second boxer from the state to represent the country after Shiva Thapa.
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