AFI congratulates Hima Das in controversial tweet, later apologises

Deccan Chronicle with agency inputs

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Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships.

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Tampere: Hima Das on Thursday scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships as she clinched the top spot in the women's 400m final race on the third day of competitions.

The 18-year-old Das, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold.

While wishes were flowing in for Hima from all over India, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) congratulated her in a controversial tweet.

“#HimaDas speking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018 @iaaforg Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking & yeah,try ur best in final! @ioaindia @IndianOlympians @TejaswinShankar @PTI_News @StarSportsIndia @hotstartweets,” the tweet read.

Twitterati became furious on this, and matters went from bad to worse.

However, the AFI later apologised for the same.

Das joined 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. In fact, Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.

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).

Das was a favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. 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.

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