Assam sprinter Hima Das scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win a track gold in the IAAF U-20 World Championships at Tampere in Finland by winning the women’s 400 metres clocking 51.46 seconds. Hima was among the favourites to win the gold in the event, particularly after having the best timing in the heats and the semi-finals.
#BigBreaking | Assam sprinter Hima Das scripts history, wins 400 metres Gold at IAAF U-20 World Championships at Tampere in Finland clocking 51.46 seconds to become first Indian to win a track gold in IAAF U-20 World Championships. pic.twitter.com/lD6Mb1RLT3
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The quartermiler had taken 52.25 seconds to finish her run in the heats while bettering it to 52.10 seconds in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, congratulatory messages are already pouring in with President Ram Nath Kovind leading politicians and sportspersons in congratulating Hima on her stupendous performance.
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
Hima, now fondly called the Dhing Express since she hails from Dhing town in Nagaon district, has already qualified for the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia where she is expected to at least claim a podium finish, if not the gold.