In Assam Khandulimari, in Nagaon’s Dhing, a single-storeyed brick house till few months ago, unknown to the world. But today, it goes down in history as the home which created an 18-year-old legend Him-a Das, who on Friday night, became the first Indian track athlete to win a gold medal on a global platform the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championship 2018, in Tampere, Finland.
Das couldn't contain her emotions as she stood at the top of the podium, proudly, singing the national anthem.
Das, the daughter of a farmer from Dhing village in Nagaon district, sprinted her way to victory at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships as she clinched the top spot in the women's 400m final race on the third day of competitions.
We were able to watch her run live but we did not get to see her accept the medal because the electricity went off last night,” says Rinti Das, Hima’s 15-year-old sister.
Das, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold. She finished ahead of Andrea Miklos of Romania and Taylor Manson of the United States to win the race.
Her historic triumph has made her a symbol of national pride. As the country cheered for Das' incredible feat, the 18-year-old couldn't contain her emotions and teared up as she stood at the top of the podium, proudly, singing the national anthem.
Anand Mahindra, the chairman of Mahindra group, took to his Twitter page and shared a video of Das in tears after winning the gold medal :
"If this doesn’t move you, nothing will...," he wrote..
Hima said, “I am very happy to secure a gold medal for India. I would like to thank my coaches and my parents. They are the powers behind my win.”
When asked what was going through her mind before running for the 400m final, she said, “There was nothing. If I were to think too much I would not have been able to focus on my running. I was telling myself bhaag, Hima, bhaag… aur main sirf bhaagi (Hima you have to run and I just ran)”.
Hope her incredible achievement inspires millions of young girls in the country to pursue their dreams and bring pride to the nation.