The whole of India and not just Assam went into celebratory mood after sprinter Hima Das made the nation as well as her home State proud by winning a historic gold in the women’s 400 metres event at the IAAF Under-20 World Championships in Finland.
While her parents, relatives, friends and well-wishers were overjoyed with Hima’s achievements, twitterati went gaga over the exploits of the 18-year-old Assam sprinter as congratulatory messages poured in from Prime Minister Modi, President Kovind, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Finance, Health and PWD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Indian football captain Sunil Chettri and a host of other prominent politicians, sports persons and other celebrities.
“She has made us proud, Assam and the entire nation very proud. We knew that she will someday conquer the world. And she has done exactly that. She has worked very hard and I hope she continues to prosper and win more medals,” Hima’s father Ranjit Das said.
This is how people reacted to Hima’s historic feat on social media:
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 13, 2018
২০ বছৰ অনূৰ্ধ বিশ্ব এথলেটিকছ্ প্ৰতিযোগিতাৰ ৪০০ মিটাৰ দৌৰত স্বৰ্ণ পদক লাভ কৰা উদীয়মান স্প্ৰিণ্ট তাৰকা হিমা দাসক অভিনন্দন জনালো। উক্ত শিতানত ভাৰতৰ এয়া প্ৰথমটো স্বৰ্ণ বিজয়। ভাৰতবৰ্ষ তথা অসমৰ বাবে গৌৰৱৰ মুহূৰ্ত। হিমাৰ সাফল্য অলিম্পিকত ভাৰতৰ বাবে আশাৰ বতৰা ! – ৰাষ্ট্ৰপতি কোৱিন্দ
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 12, 2018
In the video below, you will see what makes Hima Das, Gold medalist at the world under-20 Athletics Championship, in Finland, so special!
This is India’s first ever Gold in a track event at a world championship.
I salute her achievement & congratulate her on her historic win. pic.twitter.com/N4q62mVecM
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 13, 2018
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 !! ???? pic.twitter.com/Q0YVCx6FSf
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 12, 2018
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 pic.twitter.com/tL6tqq2hKI
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 13, 2018
What a proud moment for #India at Ratina Stadium in #Finland during #IAAFTampere2018 Olympian, former 100m National Record holder & AFI President @Adille1 presenting #HimaDas her gold medal ?@PTI_News @TwitterSports @kaypeem @g_rajaraman @iaaforg pic.twitter.com/6WzApI4Dgf
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018
Not a normal feat! I closely follow Olympic records since 1936 Berlin Olympics. Running defines the ultimate limits of human endurance. Except Liu Xiang, Gold at 2004 Athens & Susanthika, Silver at 2000 Sydney, no other Asian has won Olympic sprint. Hima Das is India's future! pic.twitter.com/rV5aPtYFOO
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) July 13, 2018
Congratulations to Hima Das for winning Women's 400m Gold at @iaaforg World U20 Athletics Championship in Finland. Assam's sprint sensation has scripted history by becoming the first Indian athlete to do so in a track event.
Keep on believing & keep on making the nation proud! pic.twitter.com/Ebhdc37dPB
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) July 12, 2018
Heartiest congratulations to #HimaDas, the incredibly talented young athlete from #Assam for her historic feat at #iaaftampere2018. Hima has made the country proud by giving India its first ever medal in a track event at IAAF Worlds. I wish her the best for her upcoming events. pic.twitter.com/Yd7YosE5Da
— Prof.Jagdish Mukhi (@jagdishmukhi) July 13, 2018
You have done an incredibly inspiring job by becoming the first Indian track athlete to win a gold medal at a World event Hima Das. We are so proud & happy. Your Gold at women's 400 m World Under-20 Championships is a priceless jewel. Keep it up! pic.twitter.com/rfnHnUeD2h
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) July 12, 2018
— Assam Police (@assam_police) July 12, 2018
অসম কন্যা, অসমৰ গৌৰৱ হিমা দাসে ফিনলেণ্ডত অনুষ্ঠিত ২০ বছৰ অনুৰ্ধৰ বিশ্ব এথলেটিকছৰ ৪০০ মিটাৰ দৌৰ প্ৰতিযোগিতাত 51.46 ছেকেন্ড সময়ত সম্পূৰ্ণ কৰি সোণৰ পদক লাভ কৰি ইতিহাস ৰচিলে। এই পদক দখল কৰা হিমা দাস প্ৰথম গৰাকী ভাৰতীয় দৌৰবিদ।
হিমা দাসলৈ মোৰ হিয়াভৰা শুভেচ্ছা ও আভিনন্দন জনাইছো । pic.twitter.com/eUF1G0j2Wb
— Tarun Gogoi (@tarun_gogoi) July 13, 2018
The biggest positive to come out of what Hima Das has achieved isn't the medal, it's the hope that India can. Take a bow, champion!
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) July 13, 2018
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. ???????
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) July 12, 2018
Wow! So proud of you Hima Das. Incredible, historic achievement on becoming the first Indian track athlete to win a medal at any global event winning Gold at women's 400m World U-20 Championships clocking a time of 51.47 seconds. Thank you for the happiness. pic.twitter.com/Cs5wY8sDuM
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 12, 2018