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Struggles of Athletes Hima Das, Dutee Chand and Gomathi Marimuthu

They have emerged as the golden girls in athletics in present India but their life story is of constant struggle which is still on.

The struggle stories of Hima Das, Dutee Chand and Gomathi Marimuthu

HIMA DAS has become the golden girl of India

She won 5 gold medals in international events over 18 days

But her life has been a constant struggle 

Today she is the brand ambassador of Adidas

But there was a time when she would run barefoot in Dhing, a village in Assam

Nipon Das her coach, who saw her in an inter-district meet, said

 “She was wearing cheap spikes but she ran like the wind” 

Her parents found it hard to manage four square meals a day

Her stardom will finally ensure a better life for her family

 

DUTEE CHAND is known as India’s fastest woman

She recently won a gold medal at the 100m race at the World University Game in Italy

She has been a fighter all the way

Coming from a very poor weaver’s family in Orissa she not only studied law but also became a sports icon

She was banned from athletics for her hyperandrogenism

A condition that leads to natural secretion of excessive testosterone in women

She fought a case against Athletics Federation of India and won it

Recently she came out as the first gay athlete in India

Her village and her family disowned her

But she answered back with her win at Universiade

 

GOMATHI MARIMUTHU won a gold medal at Doha for 800m at Asian Athletics Championships

She also comes from a very poor farmer’s family

She took a bus at 4.45 am everyday to go for training and her father took her to the bus stop 5 km away

Her father, who is no more, used to eat food kept for the cows

So that Gomathi could eat his share and train better

The story of these three athletes is indeed about winning against all odds 

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