It takes a lot to make it to the world stage and represent your country in any sport. There are only a few who get to sing the national anthem, loud and proud on the top podium of a global event. But for Hima Das, her moment of pride didn’t take long to come, thanks to her remarkable grit and determination to do the country proud. She won an elusive gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Finland on Friday.
After becoming the first Indian to achieve the rare feat on the world stage, the 18-year-old, daughter of farmer parents from Kandhulimari village of Nagaon district in Assam instantly became the toast of the nation. While her incredible achievement was celebrated all across the nation, she couldn’t control her tears when the national anthem was played after she was awarded her medal.
It was tears of joy for her as she had dreamt of the national anthem being played with her standing on the top of the podium, before heading to Finland. As the moment came true she couldn’t control her emotions. Here is the video of a proud Hima in tears after winning the gold medal:
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Hima’s tears revealed what it means for an athlete to win a gold for the country at the grandest stage. Hima who had a slow start in the 400m finals had saved the best for the last as she accelerated her speed tremendously in the last stride to finish ahead of Andrea Miklos of Romania (52.07 seconds) and USA’s Taylor Manson (52.28 seconds). She clocked a brilliant 51.46 seconds and took the gold medal.
“I wanted the Indian national anthem to be played and making that happen made me cry with joy. I want to thank my parents and my coaches, who brought me out of Guwahati. I also want to thank the people of India for their blessings,” she was quoted as saying by NDTV after her triumph.