Sportstar Aces Awards: Hima wins top track and field award

Hima Das's 400m gold at the Under-20 World Championships was the first track title by an Indian at a world meet.

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Hima Das grabbed the top honour in the Sportswoman of the Year (Track and Field) category at the Sportstar Aces Awards supported by Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy, in association with MRF in Mumbai.

Hima's 400m gold at the Under-20 World Championships was the first track title for an Indian at a world meet. Add the silver at the Asian Games and Hima was the cynosure of all eyes.

The sprinter from Assam’s Kandhulimari village in Nagaon district became a star overnight and kept improving her timing through the last year, culminating in a national record time of 50.79 seconds while winning silver in the Asian Games.

Former India cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar, The Hindu Publishing Group chairman N. Ram, former India hockey captain M.M. Somaya, Olympian shooter Anjali Bhagwat and Olympian long-jumper Anju Bobby George selected the deserving winners in categories involving young athletes, teams, coaches and parathletes.

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Former India cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar, The Hindu Publishing Group chairman N. Ram, former India hockey captain M.M. Somaya, Olympian shooter Anjali Bhagwat and Olympian long-jumper Anju Bobby George selected the deserving winners in categories involving young athletes, teams, coaches and parathletes.

The Aces Awards are an effort to highlight the untold stories of struggle, fierce dedication and selfless work behind an athlete’s ascension, irrespective of the popularity of the sport.

The awards look to create a medium of knowledge and vision exchange as it brings all stakeholders of Indian sports under one roof.