Hima Das Marked Her Placed In History As She Becomes The First Indian Women To Win Gold In World Junior Athletics
Indian sprinter Hima Das finished at the top spot in 400m women’s final race at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships. She clocked 51.46s to clinch the top spot and become the first Indian women to win gold in World Junior Athletics.
Before Hima, Seema Punia and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon won bronze in discus in 2002 and 2014 respectively. Hima performed well in his route to the finals as she clocked 52.25s to win Heat 4 and finished first in the semifinals clocking 52.10 seconds. Hima was favorite to win gold in this completion as she recently clocked an Indian U20 record with 51.32s in the Commonwealth Games 400m finals to finish sixth in April.
After breaking the U20 record, Hima just kept on improving her performance with rigorous training. She even improved her own record by clocking 51.13s in recent National Inter-State Championships. Apart from Hima, India’s Jisna Matthew also showed some promise by winning Heat 5 by clocking 54.32 seconds. But unfortunately, she couldn’t make it past the semifinals as she finished 5th with 53.86 seconds.
In the finals, Hima was followed by Romania’s Andrea Miklos and the United States sprinter Taylor Mansion as they finished 2nd and 3rd with timings of 52.07 seconds and 52.28 seconds respectively. Andrea managed to break her personal time in the final but Indian sprinter proved too fast to get past as she made India proud.