Wishes pour in after Hima Das wins gold, makes history


New Delhi: Wishes poured in for Hima Das, an 18-year-old girl from Assam, who scripted history by becoming the first ever Indian woman to win gold at a global event on Thursday.

She won the track gold at the global event by clocking 51.46 sec in the 400 metres final at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri, Hima’s historic achievement garnered praise from all quarters.

“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,” PM Modi tweeted

Praising the golden girl, President Ram Nath Kovind wrote, “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,”

“The biggest positive to come out of what Hima Das has achieved isn’t the medal, it’s the hope that India can. Take a bow, champion!,”  Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri wrote on his Twitter handle.

Hima, the daughter of a rice farmer from Dhing village in Nagaon district, created history in the field of athletics. Earlier, she participated in the Commonwealth Games in April and finished sixth by clocking 51.32 sec.

The 18-year-old started participating in the competitive race only 18 months back. She was interested in sports from childhood and started off with football with boys in the mud pits next to the rice fields. She was then advised by a local coach to take up athletics.

Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare athletics coach Nipon, spotted her when she participated in 100 and 200 metres at the inter-state level and won gold in the event. Later, the coach asked her to shift to Guwahati, 140 km from her village and convinced the youngster. He eventually convinced officials to induct her into the state academy where she was trained.

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