A young girl we all need to applaud and be proud of. Hima Das has become the first Indian Woman To Win Gold In World Junior Athletics un the under 20 category. She was favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. She clinched to top spot in the women’s 400m final race. 18-year-old Hima clocked 51.46s to win the gold. Hima Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.
Hima Das was favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event.
The previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014). Hima Das now joins the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort.
Hima Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.
Hima had done well in the earlier rounds as well, 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. Das clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April. Since then, she has gone onto improving her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter-State Championships in Guwahati.
Hima Das hails from Assam from Nagaon. She makes every woman proud and her achievements will help others push boundaries. For someone who hadn’t even head the word ‘Commonwealth games’ few years ago, Hima Das has proved talent is unstoppable.