Hima Das has done India proud, becoming the first winner on track in the World Under-20 athletics championships in Finland. This is a breakthrough achievement as track events have been the least productive for Indian athletes in recent decades, which have seen tremendous advancements in so many other disciplines. The Assamese teenager may have graduated to proper running shoes with spikes only a couple of years ago, but she has been most impressive in her progressive performances in the 400m event.
Her finishing prowess enabled her to move fluently in the home stretch, putting some distance between herself and her rivals in a time of 51.46 seconds. In beating all comers, including those older than her, Hima suggests she has great potential that raises the prospects of a track medal in world-level IAAF and other competitions. The younger they come out winning, even in age-level events, the better their future should be. A string of sporting accomplishments across disciplines in recent times, including in the Olympics, suggests that Indian sportswomen are getting over their inhibitions and have upped their self-confidence to the extent of being able to produce their best in international venues.
Bollywood stars have come in unison to congratulate sprinter Hima Das, who recently became the first Indian woman to win gold at the IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championships.
T 2865 - CONGRATULATIONS .. #HimaDas , the first Indian Women to win a GOLD in World Athletic track event EVER ! INDIA is proud of you .. you have given us reason to hold up our heads HIGH ! JAI HIND !! 🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/Q0YVCx6FSf— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 12, 2018
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) July 13, 2018
Historic! Congratulations Hima Das for winning India's first Gold at a global track event in Under - 20 World Athletics. Nicely done 👏👏— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 12, 2018
— Adil hussain (@_AdilHussain) July 14, 2018
@HimaDas8 Congratulations Hima Das on your historic win. Feel so proud. Very very very well done— Reema Kagti (@kagtireema) July 13, 2018
— Nikkhil Advani (@nikkhiladvani) July 13, 2018
What a remarkable feat by #HimaDas ! Proud Moment! You Go Girl! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😇😇— Juhi Chawla (@iam_juhi) July 13, 2018
What a proud day for our country! 🇮🇳— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) July 13, 2018
Strong & determined women like #HimaDas remind us that anyone can achieve what they wish for with persistence & hard work. Thank you & my best wishes to you Hima 🙌 ❤ pic.twitter.com/wdrebst84w
An inspiration for the entire country #HimaDas makes Indian proud.First ever Indian athlete to win gold medal in women's 400 meter race in the Under-20 Athletics Junior Championships. #womenpower #proudindian— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) July 13, 2018
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) July 13, 2018
Extremely proud of #HimaDas for her historic achievement of being the first Indian track athlete to win a medal at any global event! May you continue flying higher Hima. Stay blessed #WorldU20Championships pic.twitter.com/L16n3fO2FN— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) July 13, 2018
Hima Das 400m final at Athletics World U20 Championship https://t.co/T0Umqt7Qf5 via @YouTube .... #HimaDas ... thank u for this ... now looking at a future where India will win Olympic Medals in athltics as well ... #inspired #respect— Shashank khaitan (@ShashankKhaitan) July 13, 2018
#HimaDas, congratulations on creating history by winning India its first ever track gold at the World U20 Championships. You are an inspiration to every aspiring athlete out there. It's a HUGE achievement and you have made us all proud 🙏🙏🙏— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) July 13, 2018
And our girl brought the gold home! 👑— bhumi pednekar (@psbhumi) July 13, 2018
Congratulations #HimaDas on making history! Such a proud moment for India.
JAI HIND !!!! Beaming with pride !!!!! 🇮🇳 Jiyo #HimaDas ✊🏽— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) July 13, 2018
Congratulations, #HimaDas!! You've made history in 51.46 seconds... The whole nation applauds your performance at the U20 World Athletics Championships! An extremely proud moment for all of us...👏🇮🇳— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) July 13, 2018
Hima Das has killed it & how in the U-20 400 mts... salute.... salute.. salute pic.twitter.com/ntOTKirS7N— Arshad Warsi (@ArshadWarsi) July 13, 2018
#HimaDas... Congratulations on winning the gold in 400 metres race and becoming the first Indian woman to win gold in athletics. Each and everyone in India are proud of you :) 👍🏻👍🏻— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) July 13, 2018
Hima das!! ..the first indian to win a gold in athletics.. what a win!! U make us so so proud!! ...take a bow girl!! #HimaDas— emraan hashmi (@emraanhashmi) July 13, 2018
Cried With Joy When National Anthem Was Played, Says Hima Dashttps://t.co/JyXBZDhPtK Congratulations Hima.. For the Historic win and doing us so Proud. May this just be a beginning. God bless you.— Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) July 13, 2018
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) July 13, 2018
Hima Das that was a fearless run.. we are proud of you. Many more successes and achievements for your future.. @HimaDas8— Shoojit Sircar (@ShoojitSircar) July 13, 2018
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) July 12, 2018
Congratulations #HimaDas.. 400 meter winner in world Under-20 championships.. proud moment.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) July 12, 2018
It’s amazing that it coincides with the 5 year anniversary of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag & Milkha-ji’s biggest dream was to witness an Indian athlete win Gold in track & field. 😊👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽