Hima Das scripted history on Thursday by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold 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 in Tampere, Finland.
The 18-year-old Das, a pre-tournament favourite favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold. She was already a favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. Das clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April.
Here is how Twitter reacted as Hima Das made India pround with her achievement:
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.
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!
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) 13 July 2018
Incredible effort from Hima Das for winning gold medal for the country. No words can describe the feelings of this impeccable feat🥇
Champion ! Many congratulations Hima Das for creating history winning Gold medal in 400m of World U20 Championships, clocking 51.47s. 1st Indian athlete to win Gold in track event of U-20 World Championships. pic.twitter.com/htnmYsZBBj
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 12, 2018
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
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 12, 2018
Wow! So proud of you Hima Das. Incredible, historic achievement on becoming the first Indian track athlete to win a medal at any global event winning Gold at women’s 400m World U-20 Championships clocking a time of 51.47 seconds. Thank you for the happiness. pic.twitter.com/Cs5wY8sDuM
Hima Das creates history by winning Gold medal in 400m of World U20 Championships. She is 1st Indian athlete to win Gold in track event of U-20 World Championships. You have made ???? proud. #NariShakti
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 12, 2018
Hima Das!! What a champion!! Congratulations. You make India proud ?????? U-20 400m World Champion pic.twitter.com/W4wyCHH4UL
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) July 12, 2018
Hima Das just won the 400m gold at the u20 world championship clocking 51.47 secs. This is historic! pic.twitter.com/60Xa6czX4L
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) July 12, 2018
#HimaDas gives #India the most awaited Medal in country’s athletics history with an inspiring performance at U20 World Championships #iaaftampere2018 in #Finland #India Celebrates,Congrats Girl!@sebcoe @iaaforg @Adille1
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018
She’s done it!
— IAAF (@iaaforg) July 12, 2018
In the video below, you will see what makes Hima Das, Gold medalist at the world under-20 Athletics Championship, in Finland, so special!
This is India’s first ever Gold in a track event at a world championship.
I salute her achievement & congratulate her on her historic win. pic.twitter.com/N4q62mVecM
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 13 July 2018
Proud on u #Hima! First ever🥇in Track & Field, #U20WorldChampionship In history of Sports India, u will b remembered, u are unstoppable, keep going..✌🏽💪🏽 coming era is looking forwards to India for bigger sports achievements and brighter future!! 🇮🇳🇮🇳
— Vinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) July 12, 2018