Hima Das Clinches First Ever Athletics Gold Medal In World U20 Championship

| July 13 , 2018 , 11:18 IST

Hima das created history after sealing the first-ever Gold in 400m for her India at the IAAF World U20 in Tampere, Finland on Thursday. Das became the first Indian women athlete to win a global title.

The 18-year-old Das took 51.46 seconds to win the title followed by Andrea Miklos of Romania and USA's Taylor Manson who claimed bronze and silver respectively.

Hima Das was looking strong and an overwhelming favourite for the title. Das started slowly in a conservative way this time and was behind around in the first 300m but she faded away in the last 100m to win the gold

After winning the title Das said, “I am very proud to hold the Indian flag on my shoulders. I would like to thank India and my team leader and my coach.”

“It was very hard for me, my leg is all taped up so it was very hard to get second place. I just kept pushing because I wanted a medal very badly. I am very confident that I can run with the seniors so I'm very happy,” said Das.

Hima's coach Nipon Das said that he wasn’t worried when Hima wasn’t among the top three at the final curve.

He further added, “Her race begins in the final 80 metres. Her progress just shows how much potential she has. It has been just two years since she first wore spikes."

Hina's performance was applauded all over India including some big names of Amitabh Bachchan, Narendra Modi, Virendra Sehwag, Farhan Akhtar and many more.