Hima Das secures first division in class 12 exams

Hima sat for her exam at Dhing College in her hometown Dhing, about 120 km from Guwahati, but preferred to shuttle between the exam centre and the Sports Authority of India hostel in Guwahati to ensure she doesn't miss a single day of training.

Sprinter Hima Das proves to be no slow learner in the field of education as well.   -  PTI

Sprint queen Hima Das, popular as the Dhing Express, secured first division in the Arts or Humanities stream of the Class 12 exams conducted by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council.

The results for the 2019 exams announced on Saturday showed 75.14% students succeeded in the Arts stream, 87.59% in Commerce, and 86.59% in Science.

The 19-year-old Hima had appeared for the Class 12 exam in February after a year's gap in academics.

She had come straight from her athletics training in Turkey to write the exams. She secured a total of 349 marks out of 500 with letter marks (80 or above) in Assamese language.

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She sat for her exam at Dhing College in her hometown Dhing, about 120 km from Guwahati, but preferred to shuttle between the exam centre and the Sports Authority of India hostel in Guwahati instead of staying at home.

This was because she wanted to train whenever she could manage time off her studies.

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"We are happy with her academic performance. It is now time for her to give her best on the athletic track, which she was destined to pursue," Ranjit Das, her father said.

Hima's academic feat followed a disappointment at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championship at Doha where she had to crash out because of an injury.

A total of 2,42,843 candidates had appeared for the Class 12 exams this year — 1,86,187 in Arts, 37,455 in Science and 18,291 in Commerce stream.