18-year- old Hima Das from Assam Gives India its First World Gold Medal on Track
18-Year-Old Indian Athlete and a daughter of a rice farmer from Dhing village in Nagaon district Hima Das just won the first ever world level gold medal on track for India. The Assam based girls Hima Das created history on Thursday by winning the 400 meter final at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Hima Das started slow and trailed on the home spring, but her furious run in the final 80M lead her overtook three rivals. She took 51.46 seconds to complete her dream race, Hima finished ahead of heavyweights such as Andrea Miklos of Romania (52.07 seconds) and USA’s Taylor Manson (52.28 seconds).
As per the repots her coach Nipon Das, in Guwahati said.
“Her race begins in the final 80 metres. Her progress just shows how much potential she has. It has been just two years since she first wore spikes”.
With this historical performance, Hima marked her name in an elite club of Indian athletes who have won medals at the World U20 Championships including Seema Punia (bronze, discus), Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze, discus) and Neeraj Chopra (gold, javelin). Among this list she is the only India athlete who won a medal in track event.
“Bringing a medal for the country is the biggest achievement and that is why I am very happy. I am very proud to give this gift to the people of India,”
Hima said after her victory in conversation with NDTV channel.
On making the historical win social media applauded the young talent. Even our Prime Minister also appreciated and congratulated he:
India is delighted and proud of athlete Hima Das, who won a historic Gold in the 400m of World U20 Championships. Congratulations to her! This accomplishment will certainly inspire young athletes in the coming years.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 13, 2018
Even, The Legendary Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar also tweeted for her:
Your 51.46 sec dash and years of hard work has paid off, #HimaDas. Many congratulations on winning Gold at the World U20 athletics championship. This is just the beginning of a new era. Many more to come. Keep up the hard work! #GoldenGirl #DreamsComeTrue pic.twitter.com/tL6tqq2hKI
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 13, 2018
A Big round of applauds for Hima Das on her historical Win !!