Hima Das dominates Twitter trends in India after historic gold medal

first_imgHima Das made India proud on Thursday when she clinched a historic gold medal at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Finland. The 18-year-old Hima became the toast of the nation with her triumph and topped Twitter trends in India. #HimaDas garnered nearly 27000 tweets recorded by 12.08 PM IST on Friday.Her brilliant run at the 400m final in the athletics event helped her upstage Indian cricket team’s dominant performance over England in the first ODI at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Immediately after her triumph, she was the top trend on Twitter. Hours later, she continued to hold second spotTributes poured in from all quarters from Prime Minister’s office to sports fraternity to film industry praising Hima’s success.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, cricket legend Virender Sehwag, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan were among the top names in India celebrating Hima’s historic win in Finland. Hima Das: Love for speed helps Assam teenager defy the odds on the tracksHima clocked 51.46 seconds in the final at the Ratina Stadium. Andrea Miklos of Romania took silver with a personal best time of 52.07 seconds while Taylor Manson of the United States finished third after clocking 52.28 seconds.Virender Sehwag, Amitabh Bachchan doff their hats to Hima Das: So proud of youHima became India’s first ever track gold medal winner at the Under-20 IAAF world athletics event.She joined the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. The previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014).advertisementHima Das reacts after historic 400m gold: Thank you for the support, IndiaDas was the favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. Her rise has been nothing less than meteoric as she took up serious running only last year.Das had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April.World U20 Championships: Hima Das wins India’s first ever gold in track eventSince then, she has gone on to improve her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter State Championships in Guwahati.(With inputs from Agencies)last_img

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