Aishath Himna Hassan, the Maldives’ fastest female runner, has achieved yet another milestone by setting a new national record in the women’s 400m event for the second time this month.

Last year, Himna established the 400m national record with a time of 57.56 seconds during the national time trial. Since then, she has gone on to set national records in 2018, 2019, and 2021.

Currently training in Jamaica under a Paris Olympics 2024 scholarship from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Himna continues to excel on the track. On 17 June, she achieved her first 400m record of the year, completing Series 2 of the JAAA Budapest Quest in Jamaica with an impressive time of 56.86 seconds. Just a week later, on June 24, Himna further pushed her limits and surpassed her previous record by completing the fifth series of the JAAA All Comers Meet in Jamaica in a remarkable time of 56.24 seconds. Her consistent improvement and exceptional performances have solidified her position as one of the rising stars in Maldivian athletics.

Looking ahead, Himna has important international competitions scheduled for this year. In August, she will participate in the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) in Madagascar. Following that, she will represent the Maldives at the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September.

Himna’s meteoric rise became evident when she broke the 21-year-old 100m record at last year’s Commonwealth Games. Shortly after, she smashed a six-year-old 200m record at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya, Turkey.