Sprint queen Hima Das secures first division in Class 12 exams

Hima Das was honoured with the prestigious Arjuna Award last year. Photo: PTI file

India’s newest sprint sensation Hima Das has scored 70 per cent marks in Assam Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examination, the result of which was declared on Saturday, May 25.

Hima, a student of Dhing College in Nagaon appeared for the HS final examination in the Arts stream, scored 63 in English, 84 in Assamese, 60 in Advanced Assamese, 75 in Political Science, 67 in Education and 46 in Geography.

Thanking her teachers for their support, the athlete said she is happy with her results and intends to pursue higher studies in New Delhi.

Hima is undergoing training at Patiala for the upcoming Olympics. She had come to Assam to appear for her HS final examinations in February.

While writing her exams, Hima didn’t skip her training and continued to stay at the SAI hostel in Guwahati and travelled to Dhing, about 120 km away, on exam days.

Hima, who is nicknamed the Dhing Express, holds the current Indian national record in 400 metres with a timing of 50.79 seconds that she clocked at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. The 18-year-old from Assam was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award last year.

As many as 2,42,843 candidates had appeared for the Class XII exams conducted by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council this year — 1,86,187 in Arts, 37,455 in Science and 18,291 in Commerce stream. The results showed a pass percentage of 75.14 per cent, 87.59 per cent 86.59 per cent in Arts, Commerce and Science streams respectively.

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