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Hima Das Makes History for India, Wins Gold in 400m 18-year-old Das won the gold medal in 400m, India’s first in a track event, at the IAAF World U20 Championships

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HIMA DAS made history in Finland and Indians woke up to the news with much joy and pride.

Here comes Hima Das… The Indian is surging… She can see the line… She can see history… India has never won any medal in a track event… But Das has done it here… Brilliant! History made in Tampere!

The excitement of the commentator said it all. Hima Das ran the race of her life to win India its first metal – a gold medal – in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships.

Das clocked 51.46 seconds to win the 400m title beating Romania’s Andrea Miklos who won silver and USA’s Taylor Manson who won bronze.

18-year-old Das, who was the pre-race favourite, began the race much behind the American and the Romanian but came into her own in the last 100m, sprinting toward the finish and glory, and writing her name and India’s in history books.

The teenager from Assam has now left her stamp in the quartermile event. She celebrated her win wearing a Gamusa around her neck and waving the Indian tricolor, cheered and applauded by the audience at Tampere.

Her feat follows Neeraj Chopra’s gold-winning and record beating effort in the Javelin event at the last edition of the championships in Poland. Discus throwers Navjeet Kaur Dhillon in 2014 and Seema Punia in 2002 had won bronze medals.

“I am very happy. I am the first girl from India, a track and field gold medalist so I am very happy,” said Das after the race.

Her feat was cheered back home and many took to social media to share her victory and congratulate her.

#HimaDas: WHAT THEY SAID

Athletics Federation of India

Ram Nath Kovind, President of India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore

Actor Amitabh Bachchan

Cricketer Rohit Sharma

Former Cricketer Virender Sehwag

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