The country’s top sprinter Hima Das disclosed that there was a time when she had to scribble a famous brand name on her spikes while now, that brand ‘Adidas’ manufacturers custom made shoes for Hima with her name printed on them.
“My farmer father bought normal running shoes for the first athletic race”, the top quarter-miler said during an Instagram chat with Indian cricketer Suresh Raina.
“When I started running, I ran barefoot. But in my first Nationals, my father brought running shoes with spikes on them. It was just a normal pair of running shoes. I wrote ‘Adidas’ on the shoes with my hand. You never know what fate can do, Adidas is now making shoes with my name,” the 20-year-old said.
The top German brand enlists her as their brand ambassador after winning the 400m gold in 2018 World U-20 Championship in Finland and later made custom made shoes with her name on one side and ‘create history ‘on the other.
She said “people started following athletics more than ever after the 2018 Asian Games” in Indonesia where she won a silver in individual 400m and gold each in women’s 400m and mixed 400m relay races.
“People know the athletes and fans chant your name, it gives you extra motivation,” said the Assamese athlete, known as ‘Dhing Express’ due to her native town.
She is maintaining herself and try to be fit so she can soon hit the tracks once this coronavirus pandemic recedes soon.
“I am enjoying and taking things positively during this lockdown. We are not allowed to go to the ground. I work out in my room. I practice yoga so that my blood circulation is good. I am taking care of my diet, I am eating less, no meat at all and eating a lot of fruits,” she said.
“I have come out of my injury and I am fit. I am just thinking that I have to keep myself fit so that I can just start off once the lockdown is over and start preparing for the Olympics.” She further added.
She said postponing of Olympics to next year will help her to get more time to prepare for the Tokyo Games.
Hima also said that Sachin Tendulkar is her inspiration, her role model and meeting the cricket idol was the best time of her life.
Talking about her first meeting with Sachin, Hima said, “I still remember talking to him. When I saw him, I ended up crying. It was the best moment for me. Meeting your role model is a big moment for everyone and I can not forget that.”