Under 20 World Athletics: Hima Das wins India's first ever gold in women's 400m race

THE HANS INDIA |   Jul 13,2018 , 02:14 AM IST

Under 20 World Athletics: Hima Das wins India's first ever gold in women's 400m race
Under 20 World Athletics: Hima Das wins India's first ever gold in women's 400m race

New Delhi: Assam’s Hima Das on Thursday created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Finland.

Hima completed the race in record time of 51.46 seconds in the women's 400m final at the Ratina Stadium on the third day of competitions. 

Andrea Miklos of Romania took silver with a personal best time of 52.07 seconds. Taylor Manson of the US registered 52.28 seconds to finish third.

Hima now joins the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. 

I am very happy to win the gold in the World Junior Championships. I want to thank all the Indians back home and also those, who were here cheering me. It was very encouraging to have this kind of support," she said after the race.

Earlier Hima Das finished 6th in the 400m finals, with a personal best of 51.32 sec becoming the first Assamese to compete in the 400m race finals of Commonwealth Games 2018 held in Gold Coast City of Australia. 

For her exemplary performance in Commonwealth Games 2018, Union Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain has offered her a job under Railways Sports Quota.

Hima Das hails from a small village at Dhing in Nagaon of Assam. She is the youngest child in the family and her father is a small rice farmer.

Soon after her record-breaking win, Twitter rejoices as India’s President and Celebrities were quick to congratulate her



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