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Sprinter Hima Das wins India’s FIRST gold medal in World Junior Athletics Championship

On July 12, India’s sprinter Hima Das won gold in women’s 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championship. The 18-year-old Assam girl is the first Indian to win a gold in the track event at a world level.

Wishes have been pouring in for the champion from all corners. From Bollywood stars to Ministers, Hima’s glorious win has been celebrated on social media.

Sachin Tendulkar -Your 51.46 sec dash and years of hard work has paid off, #HimaDas. Many congratulations on winning Gold at the World U20 athletics championship. This is just the beginning of a new era. Many more to come. Keep up the hard work! #GoldenGirl #DreamsComeTrue

Farhan Akhtar – Congratulations #HimaDas.. 400 meter winner in world Under-20 championships.. proud moment. 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

Babita Poghat – WELL Done Golden Girl Hima first Indian woman to win Gold in #WorldJuniorAthleticsChampionship PROUD OF YOU CHAMPION!! #HimaDas

President of India – 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! #PresidentKovind

Amitabh Bachchan -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 !!

Ashok Selvan – This is history. Congratulations to our sensational #HimaDas for winning the 400m gold in the World Under-20 Championship.