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Hima Das Creates History, Becomes First Indian To Win Gold Medal At World U-20 Athletics Track Event

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Hima Das created history as she became the first Indian athlete to win a gold in a track event at any IAAF World Athletics Championships. On Thursday she clinched the gold medal in the women’s 400m final race in World Under-20 Athletics Championships at Tampere, Finland. The 18-year-old clocked 51.46s to finish at the top of the podium.

She is the first Indian athlete to bag a gold medal in a track event at World Athletics Championships. Also, she is the first Indian woman to ever win a gold medal in World Championship in athletics at any level.

Das was trailing behind Romania’s Andrea Miklos at the final curve. But with a stunning burst in the last 50m, she finished the line ahead of her rivals. Miklos took the silver with a time of 52.07 seconds while Taylor Manson of USA finished third with a time of 52.28 seconds.

“I am very happy to win the gold in the World Junior Championships. I want to thank all the Indians back home and also those, who were here cheering me. It was very encouraging to have this kind of support,” she exulted after winning the race.

Das hails from Dhing village in Assam’s Nagaon district. She is now second Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track and field event. The first one being javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra. The javelin thrower had won the gold medal in Poland in the last edition in 2016.

Earlier, Das had clocked 51.32 seconds, an Indian U-20 record, to finish sixth in Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 400m final. She then bettered her own record with a time of 51.13 seconds during National Interstate Championships held in Guwahati.

“Very proud of Hima for creating history. It is one of the proudest moments of my life and for Indian athletics. Congratulations to Hima and her coaches, the government and SAI for their support to AFI,” Athletics Federation of India President Adille Sumariwalla told news agency PTI.

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