New Delhi Correspondent
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hailed sprinter Hima Das
who became the first Indian woman to clinch a gold medal at a global event — the World Under-20 Championships in Finland.
“India is delighted and proud of athlete Hima Das, who won a historic Gold in the 400m of World U20 Championships. Congratulations to her! This accomplishment will certainly inspire young athletes in the coming years,” tweeted the Prime Minister.
18-year-old Hima from north eastern state of Assam clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race at the International Amateur Athletic Federation World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland, on Wednesday.
President Kovind also lauded Das’ unprecedented feat. “Cong­ratula­tions to our sensational sprint star Hima Das for winning the 400m gold in the World Under-20 Championship. This is India’s first ever track gold in a World Championship.
A very proud moment for Assam and India, Hima; now the Olympic podium beckons!” he wrote on the Twitter.