NEW DELHI: Hima Das scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships as she clinched to top spot in the women's 400m final race on the third day of competitions in Tampere, reported First post.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have applauded Hima Das for her victory.
Taking to social media, President Kovind congratulated sprinter Das for her performance and said it is a "very proud" moment for Assam and 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," he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi said Das' win will "certainly inspire young athletes in the coming years."
He wrote, "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."
The 18-year-old, on Thursday, made the country proud as she scripted history by clinching the top spot in the women's 400 m final race at the World U-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
A pre-tournament favourite, Das clocked 51.46s to finish ahead of Andrea Miklos of Romania and USA's Taylor Manson.
(With inputs from ANI)