A great moment of pride for India as Hima Das, an Assamese youngster, became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event in world championship by bagging the first position in the women’s 400 M race in IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championship in Finland.
Daughter of a farmer, Das comes from Dhing, a small, obscure village about 30km from Nagaon in Assam. The gold in Finland is more commendable considering Das ran her first competitive race just about 18 months ago. The last 100m is her strength, she crossed the finish line in 51.46 seconds.
“This is a great performance and a huge victory for not only Hima but also for athletics in India. I think she has done a remarkable job and has made the whole country proud. She has achieved the feat at an age of 18 years and it will motivate her to improve further at the senior level. The IAAF U-20 championships see the participation of world’s top junior athletes, including athletes from the USA and European countries, and Hima’s historic performance will boost her confidence ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.” said the veteran athlete, Milkha Singh, who had become India’s first-ever athlete to win a gold medal in Commonwealth Games in 1958.
Hima Das says there was nothing in her mind except the view of the finish line. There was just one focus, one dream, a single goal in her mind: to reset history. As she surged past competition and won the race by a comfortable margin, she did just that.
Wishing her good luck for achieving many more milestones ahead, The Hindparidhan team congratulates Hima Das on her historic victories.