Ace sprinter Hima Das will return home on Friday with the Assam Government announcing a cash reward of Rs 1.6 crore for the star athlete.
The State Government will also felicitate her at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati on Friday for her superb performance in the just-concluded 18th Asian Games where she won a gold and two silvers and stamped her authority as the new sprint queen of India.
While Hima, who hails from Kandhulimari village in Dhing in Nagaon district and is now fondly called ‘Assam Express’, won the gold in the women’s 4×400 metres, the silvers came in the women’s 400 metres individual sprint and the 4×400 metres mixed relay.
Prior to the Asiad, the ace sprinter had created history by becoming the first India to win a track gold in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics tournament at Tampere in Finland. Since then, she has been bettering her timing in the quarter-mile event as she set new national records, twice in two days, in the women’s 400 metres race.