Hima Das created history as she won India’s first ever track gold medal at the Under-20 IAAF world athletics event in Finland. She completed the race in a record time of 51.46 seconds in 400m race. Hima Das has now become the first women in India who has won a gold medal at the global level.
The 18-year-old athletic sprinter is a daughter of a rice farmer who lives in a small village called Dhing in the state of Assam. The history created by Hima Das is open heartedly applauded by the Twitterati’s:
विश्व अंडर-20 चैंपियनशिप में 400 मीटर स्वर्ण जीतने के लिए हमारी शानदार स्प्रिंट स्टार हिमा दास को बधाई। विश्व चैंपियनशिप में यह भारत का पहला ट्रैक गोल्ड है। यह असम और भारत के लिए बहुत गर्व का विषय है; हिमा से अब ओलंपिक में पदक का इंतज़ार ! — राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 12, 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
Hima Das creates history by winning Gold medal in 400m of World U20 Championships. She is 1st Indian athlete to win Gold in track event of U-20 World Championships. You have made 🇮🇳 proud. #NariShakti
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 12, 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
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
Proud proud moment…. Our girl Hima Das on the victory podium flashing her U20 World Championship Gold medal and National anthem playing in the background #Priceless #TearsofJoy #iaaftampere2018 pic.twitter.com/G0a7R5PwuB
— India@Sports (@India_AllSports) July 12, 2018
The IAAF World U20 Championships is a biennial world championship for the sport of athletics organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations, contested by athletes in the under-20 athletics age category (19 years old or younger on 31 December in the year of the competition.
The competition was launched as the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics in 1986 and the current name of the competition was adopted in November 2015.
Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby is the most successful athlete at the championships, having won one gold and four silver in individual and relay sprinting events between 2000 and 2004. Chris Nelloms, Davidson Ezinwa and Dexter Lee share the position of the most successful male athlete, at four medals each.