Updated on November 16th, 2018
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