Indian sprinter Hima Das created history on Thursday as she won the gold medal in the 400m final at the World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Finland. She is the first Indian athlete to do so in a track event.
Hima started slow in the race and gained blazing speed in the last 80 meters. She finally clocked 51.46 seconds to clinch the gold.
Congratulations started pouring in from all quarters for her extraordinary effort.
Congratulations to our sensational sprint star Hima Das for winning the 400m gold in the World Under-20 Championship. This is India’s first ever track gold in a World Championship. A very proud moment for Assam and India, Hima; now the Olympic podium beckons! #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 12, 2018
Wow! So proud of you Hima Das. Incredible, historic achievement on becoming the first Indian track athlete to win a medal at any global event winning Gold at women's 400m World U-20 Championships clocking a time of 51.47 seconds. Thank you for the happiness. pic.twitter.com/Cs5wY8sDuM— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 12, 2018
The 18 year old is now in the ranks of star Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won gold in the same event in 2016. Other Indians who have won medals at World Junior Championships are Seema Punia and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon. They both won bronze in discus.
We wish future success to Hima Das. Keep making us proud.