And India’s Hima Das has created history. The 18-year-old athlete ran for Gold at the 400-metre event at the IAAF World U20 Championship. With this accomplishment, Hima became the first Indian athlete to clinch gold in the World Championship, which is being held in Tampere, Finland.
Hima recorded a time of 51.46 seconds, while Andrea Miklos of Romania clinched silver with a personal best time of 52.07 seconds. Taylor Manson of the US registered 52.28 seconds to finish third.
As the country woke up to the news, congratulatory messages poured in for the athlete. Who’s who from the sports and Bollywood fraternities came out in open to send across their best wishes to the daughter of a rice farmer from Assam.
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
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
Incredible effort from Hima Das for winning gold medal for the country. No words can describe the feelings of this impeccable feat??
Congratulations #HimaDas.. 400 meter winner in world Under-20 championships.. proud moment.
It’s amazing that it coincides with the 5 year anniversary of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag & Milkha-ji’s biggest dream was to witness an Indian athlete win Gold in track & field. ??????????????
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) July 12, 2018
— Manika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 13, 2018
Proud moment for India… #HimaDas Gold Medal in 400m final at IAAF World Under20 Athletics Championships, completed the race in 51.46 seconds at FINLAND.. 1st Gold in track event history of U20 world championship!!
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— Manoj Tiwari (@ManojTiwariMP) July 13, 2018
T 2865 – CONGRATULATIONS .. #HimaDas , the first Indian Women to win a GOLD in World Athletic track event EVER ! INDIA is proud of you .. you have given us reason to hold up our heads HIGH ! JAI HIND !! ???????? pic.twitter.com/Q0YVCx6FSf
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 12, 2018
18 year old young athlete, daughter of a farmer from Assam has clocked 51.46 to win the gold at IAAF U20 championships. This feat of the young superstar will inspire many generations of track & field athletes in India. Wow. Extremely proud moment. Congratulations #HimaDas pic.twitter.com/j9tNzfAmOP
— Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) July 13, 2018
— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) July 13, 2018
— Guru Randhawa (@GuruOfficial) July 13, 2018