Star Indian cricketers such as Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir congratulated athlete Hima Das who created history by winning gold in the women’s 400-metre event at the IAAF World U20 in Finland.
Held at Tampere, Hima on Thursday registered a time of 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.
She also did well in the earlier rounds, 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.
Here’s what the celebrities have tweeted:
Virat Kohli: “What an incredible achievement for #HimaDas, the first Indian to win a Gold Medal in 400m Sprint at the World Under-20 Championship. The country is so proud of you!”
Rohit Sharma: “Incredible effort from Hima Das for winning gold medal for the country. No words can describe the feelings of this impeccable feat!”
Sachin Tendulkar: “Your 51.46 sec dash and years of hard work has paid off, #HimaDas. Many congratulations on winning Gold at the World U20 athletics championship. This is just the beginning of a new era. Many more to come. Keep up the hard work! #GoldenGirl #DreamsComeTrue”
Gautam Gambhir: “#HimaDas has not given us a medal but given us a hope. She has not only blazed the track with her footprints but national conscience as well @Ra_THORe @iaaforg.”
Murali Vijay: “Inspiring to see how a talent can move the entire nation! That’s the beauty of sport, truly inspired and motivated to move forward! Bravo #HimaDas for showing the way forward!”
BCCI: “Congratulations to Golden Girl Hima Das! The nation is proud of you! What a remarkable achievement this…”
-With IANS inputs.