After bagging her fifth gold since 2 July, ace Indian sprinter Hima Das has assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that she will continue to work hard and bring more medals for the country.
On Sunday, Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Hima and said: “India is very proud of Hima Das’ phenomenal achievements over the last few days. Everyone is absolutely delighted that she has brought home five medals in various tournaments. Congratulations to her and best wishes for her future endeavours.”
India is very proud of @HimaDas8’s phenomenal achievements over the last few days. Everyone is absolutely delighted that she has brought home five medals in various tournaments. Congratulations to her and best wishes for her future endeavours.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 21, 2019
To this, Hima responded: “Thank you Narendra Modi sir for your kind wishes. I will continue to work hard and bring more medals for our country.”
— Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) July 21, 2019
Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and various other politicians and personalities heaped praise on the speedster after she won her fifth gold medal inside three weeks in Europe.
The 19-year-old “Dhing Express” had revealed she got a congratulatory call from Tendulkar on Sunday evening. “Today evening was like a dream come true for me, have got a call from the god of cricket and my inspiration Sachin Tendulkar sir. Thank you sir for your good wishes and inspirational words. I will leave no stone unturned for my mission.”
Hima’s fifth gold of the month came on 20 July in the Czech Republic and it is to note that she clocked a season-best time of 52.09 seconds to win the gold in 400-metre at the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix.
On 17 July, she won her fourth gold in 200-metre at the Tabor Athletics Meet. Before that on 13 July, she won her third 200-metre gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 seconds.
On 8 July, she won her second 200-metre gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland. And in her first competitive 200m race of the year on 2 July, Hima clocked 23.65 seconds to win gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland.
(With inputs from IANS)