Hima Das clinched the top spot in the Women’s 400m Final race in the World Under 20 Athletics Championship to become the first woman athlete to win a gold medal at the world level.
Let’s find out 9 interesting facts about Hima Das, the first Indian woman to win first ever track Gold at a Global event, World U20 Championships!
- Just 18 months after running her first competitive race — an inter-district meet in Sivasagar, Assam — 18-year-old Hima Das has created athletics history.
- She got India its first ever track gold at a global event by winning the 400 metre final at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
- With this win, Hima joined an elite club of Indian athletes who have won medals at the World U20 Championships.
- Hima Das is a daughter of a rice farmer from Dhing village in Nagaon district of Assam.
- Hima started off with football, kicking the ball with boys, she was then advised by a local coach to take up athletics.
- The teenager had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast this year in April.
- No woman before Das has won a gold medal in a World Championship at any level, be it youth, junior or senior.
- She is also the first Indian to have won a gold in a track event at the world level.
- She has also become the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.
Video Source: Athletics Federation of India
Source: Indian Express