The native of Assam becomes the first athlete to win gold at IAAF U-20 championship.

Take a bow champion Wishes pour in after Hima Das wins gold makes historyHima Das/Twitter
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Assam’s Hima Das created history by winning the gold medal in the women's 400-metre event at the IAAF World U-20 Championships held at Tampere, Finland, on Thursday.

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.

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

“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!” wrote Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri.

‘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.

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,” she told IAAF.

You can watch Hima zooming to the finish line here:


WATCH: HIMA'S HISTORIC RACE- THE NEW 400M WORLD JR CHAMP Thanks Rahul Pawar for sharing the video

Posted by Athletics Federation of India on Thursday, July 12, 2018

With IANS inputs

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