Hima Das has illuminated the name of India
Sprinter Hima Das has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman athlete to win a gold at the world level as she clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships here. The 18-year-old Das, a pre-tournament favorite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold medal, which triggered a wild celebration at the Indian camp. This was though not her personal best as she had clocked 51.13 last month in Guwahati at the National Inter-State Championships. No woman before Das has won a gold medal in a World Championship at any level, be it youth, junior or senior. She is also the first Indian — men or women — to have won a gold in a track event at the world level.
Let us know that Hima Das has illuminated the name of India from its best performance in the whole world. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote a passionate message on Twitter on sharing the video of Champa Hima Das. Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated Hima.
Apart from this, Hima was at the sixth place in the 400m competition of the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast in April with the then Indian Under 20 record at 51.32 sec. After this, he had improved his record in the national inter-state championship in Guwahati with 51.13 secs.
Hima’s top show at the finals attracted a lot of attention as social media went into a tizzy with the likes of former Indian athlete P.T Usha, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeting on the portentous occasion. Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who took the decision to name Hima as the ‘Sports Ambassador’ of Assam has also promised a ₹50 lakh award to the young sprinter on her return back to the homeland from the competition.