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Watch as Hima Das becomes first Indian athlete to win track gold at world stage

Hima Das wins gold at IAAF World U20 Championships in Finland.

Sudhir Gupta 2018/07/13

India’s Hima Das created history on Thursday by becoming the first track athlete from the country to win gold medal at a world event.

Hima, 18, won the women’s 400m event at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere in Finland.

She clocked a time of 51.46 seconds in the final at the Ratina Stadium to become the first Indian track athlete to win gold in a world championship in any age group.

“I am very happy to win gold in the World Junior Championships. I want to thank all the Indians back home and also those who were here cheering me. It was very encouraging to have this kind of support,” Hima said after the race.

Before her, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra had won gold in the 2016 edition of the event in Poland.

Watch the video of Hima’s historic win below. Video courtesy of Rahul Pawar and Athletics Federation of India.

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