Hima Das Created History, First Indian Woman To Win Gold Medal At World Athletics Championships

Hima Das: First Indian Woman Gold Medalist At World Athletics Championships

Last Updated: 25th December, 2022

Hima Das created history by becoming the first Indian woman athlete ever to win a gold in an exceedingly track event at any IAAF World Athletics Championships. On Thursday she set the seal on the gold medal in the women’s 400m final race in World Under-20 Athletics Championships at city, Finland. The 18-year-old clocked 51.46s to finish at the top of the arena.

IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships: Hima Das created history as she bagged India’s first gold medal in the track event. She won the 400m gold clocking 51.46 seconds.

That she is the first Indian athlete to bag a gold medal in a track event at the World Athletics Championships. Also, she is the 1st Indian woman to ever win a gold medal in World Championship in athletics at any level.

While everyone seems to be tweeting concerning her achievements, a number of Bollywood stars too joined in, congratulating Hina. However, one among them stands out, and it comes from none other than Farhan Akhtar, the very one who played the role of Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

Das were trailing behind Romania’s Andrea Miklos at the ultimate curve. However, with a surprising burst within the last 50m, she finished the line sooner than her rivals. Miklos took the silver with a time of 52.07 seconds, whereas Taylor Manson of USA finished third with a time of 52.28 seconds.

“I am very happy to win the gold in the World Junior Championships. I want to thank all the Indians back home and conjointly those, who were here cheering me. It was very encouraging to have this kind of support,” she exulted afterward winning the race.

Das hails from Dhing village in Assam’s Nagaon district. She is currently second Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a very track and field event. The 1st one being javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra. The javelin thrower had won the gold medal in Poland in the last edition in 2016.

Earlier, Das had clocked 51.32 seconds, an Indian U-20 record, to complete sixth in Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 400m final. She then bettered her own record with a time of 51.13 seconds throughout National Interstate Championships held in Guwahati.

“Very proud of Hima Das for making history. It’s one of the proudest moments of my life and in Indian athletics. Congratulations to Hima Das and her coaches, the government and SAI for their support to AFI,” Athletics Federation of India President Adille Sumariwalla told news organization PTI.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted regarding his pride to have Hima winning the race. He also added that her accomplishment will be an inspiration to several. Stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Virender Sehwag, Sunil Chhetri, and Mamata Banerjee, lauded her efforts.

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