Congratulations poured in for Hima Das who on Thursday night scripted history by becoming the first ever Indian woman sprinter to clinch the Gold medal in women’s 400-metre international event. She achieved the feat at the IAAF World U20 held in Finland. Before Hima, no woman has won gold at any world athletics championship for any age category.
At at the Ratina Stadium in Tampere on Thursday, Hima registered a time of 51.46 seconds in the final.
Hima also did well in the earlier rounds, winning Heat 4 with a time of 52.25 seconds. Das emerged on top in the semi-finals as well, winning her race in 52.10 seconds.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
SHE DID IT! SHE HAS WRITTEN HISTORY IN 51.46 SECONDS!! #HimaDas of #India wins FIRST EVER TRACK GOLD MEDAL IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in WOMEN-400m #iaaftampere2018 in #Finland
Well done champion!! #Assam@narendramodi @sebcoe @sarbanandsonwal @Adille1 @Naveen_Odisha pic.twitter.com/pmcjSNfT6Y
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018
Congratulations #HimaDas.. 400 meter winner in world Under-20 championships.. proud moment.
It’s amazing that it coincides with the 5 year anniversary of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag & Milkha-ji’s biggest dream was to witness an Indian athlete win Gold in track & field. 😊👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) July 12, 2018
उड़न सोनपरी – First Ever Gold Medal in track event for India #HimaDas
Incredible video of Hima Das winning Gold 🇮🇳🥇 pic.twitter.com/B4vHZno3X9
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) July 13, 2018
Stunning performance & Proud moment for whole india & North East ! India’s daughter from Assam Sprinter #HimaDas made us proud by scripting history on winning 1st gold in 400m of World U20 Championships. pic.twitter.com/0lSRVzMTaj
— Sunil Deodhar (@Sunil_Deodhar) July 13, 2018
Once again India’s daughter #HimaDas creates history by winning Gold in 400m of World U20 Championship. Many congratulations to her on this great win, you have made the entire nation proud. pic.twitter.com/p3E9OP8E86
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 13, 2018
Under-20 World Athletics: Hima Das Creates History. Wins India’s First Ever Gold At Any Global Level Track Event. Clocked 400m In 51.47 Seconds.
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) July 12, 2018
Proud moment for India… #HimaDas Gold Medal in 400m final at IAAF World Under20 Athletics Championships, completed the race in 51.46 seconds at FINLAND.. 1st Gold in track event history of U20 world championship!!
हिमा दास भारत की शान को बधाई !! pic.twitter.com/Y2jEzopRNQ
— Manoj Tiwari (@ManojTiwariMP) July 13, 2018
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) July 12, 2018
#HimaDas, the youngest among five children of a farmer in #Assam‘s Nagaon district, played football as a striker for her school team. Today, she became the first Indian to win gold in any world track event. She struck gold in 400m at #IAAFTampere2018 pic.twitter.com/zEv0mBXn0e
— Anupam Bordoloi (@asomputra) July 12, 2018
Congratulations #HimaDas for becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at the world junior athletics in Finland.
— Sushmita Dev (@sushmitadevmp) July 12, 2018
#HimaDas wins Gold in 400m final at IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Finland. She completed the race in 51.46 seconds #Assam #HimaDas #IAAFworlds #Athlete #sportsnews pic.twitter.com/nWJfwmn7gR
— Oxomiya Jiyori🇮🇳 (@SouleFacts) July 13, 2018
Congratulations to the sprinting sensation #HimaDas for an incredible performance. Winning the first ever track gold in a world championship, she has made India proud and given us another reason to keep our heads held high. #IAAFTampere2018 pic.twitter.com/yPuCx97StX
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) July 13, 2018
Assam produces another gem!Shame on you @afiindia for your comment on her English! #HimaDas did what she was sent for! And she could at least answer in English! What if she chose to speak in her native language as the interviewer did! Did you send a translator with her? https://t.co/IT94JJg7zD
— Shubhrastha (@Shubhrastha) July 13, 2018