Also known as ‘Dhing Express’, Hima was the talk of the year in 2019 due to her numerous accolades, winning five gold medals in a span of two months.
The young sensation from Assam is yet to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics but she isn’t in a panic mode for her qualification rounds which has been postponed due to the pandemic.
The 20-year-old is the first-ever Indian women athlete to bag a gold medal in World Championship and also a national record holder in 400m category.
“I am not worried about it (Olympics qualification), it will only create tension. There is a year still to go for the Olympics,” Hima told PTI.
“Let us first pray that this pandemic ends quickly. Then athletics season begins (on December 1) and there is a lot of time next year to qualify for the Olympics,” she further added.
Hima also won a silver medal in the 400m category in 2018 and she was also a member of the team that won 4x400m relay and mixed 4x400m relay events.
The gold medalist has also started her training in NIS Patiala where she does cycling, and bowling (cricket) to keep her fit apart from her usual training.
The Athletics Federation of India has also announced the tentative dates for starting the sea. Until then, the athletes have been asked to train indoors and avoid contact with other people.