Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated 18-year-old Hima Das who created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win the first gold medal at any track event in a World Championship for the Country.
Hima Das, the daughter of a farmer from Dhing village in Nagaon district of Assam sprinted her way to victory at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships as she clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race on the third day of competitions. The Prime Minister twitted that he was “moved” by the 18-year-old’s “passionate search for the Tricolour” and emotions while singing the National anthem after her victory.
Hima clocked 51.46 seconds in the final at the Ratina Stadium to become the first Indian athlete to win gold in a world championship across all age groups. Hima had fared well in the earlier rounds, too, winning Heat 4 with a time of 52.25 seconds. She emerged on top in the semi-finals as well, winning her race in 52.10 seconds.
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri twitted “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!” .
Hima said – I’m very proud to hold the Indian flag on my shoulders, I’d like to thank India and my team leader and my coach. My biggest strength is the last 100m. Next for me will be the Asian Games but my big dream is to compete in the Olympics one day,” .
Another Twitter User Twitted : ‘95% of Indian men (including me) can’t match that speed. A brilliant message for all those who think/ say that women are physically weaker sex,” wrote one Twitter user.