Sachin Tendulkar salutes golden girl Hima Das: Start of a new era

first_imgSachin Tendulkar on Friday paid tribute to Hima Das after she clinched India’s first ever gold medal in track event in the history of the IAAF’s Under-20 athletics event.The 18-year-old won the historic gold on Thursday in the women’s 400 metre event after she clocked 51.46 seconds to finish ahead of Andrea Miklos of Romania and Taylor Manson of the United States to win the race.Tendulkar took to twitter to congratulate Hima on her success. The cricket legend wrote: “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”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/tL6tqq2hKISachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 13, 2018Meanwhile, India football captain Sunil Chhetri described Hima’s win as a massive boost for the nation.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, 2018The historic medal also helped Hima to top the Twitter trends in India. #HimaDas garnered nearly 36000 tweets recorded by 01.15 PM IST on Friday.Tributes also poured in from all quarters praising Hima’s success.advertisementCongratulations #HimaDas for bringing the first world event gold in track event at the World U-20 Championships! pic.twitter.com/MmmxOrIFRNManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 13, 2018Once again Indias daughter #HimaDas creates history by winning Gold in 400m of World U20 Championship. Many congratulations to her on this great win, you have made the entire nation proud. pic.twitter.com/p3E9OP8E86Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 13, 2018Congratulations #HimaDas on winning the first ever track gold in a World Championship!What a feat. #India is proud of you! #WomenRising pic.twitter.com/UfR1Nmq4I7Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) July 13, 2018Congratulations, dear Hima. Youve made India proud. You are a shining inspiration for our champions in the making. #HimaDas pic.twitter.com/yKK5DMGfUNKirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) July 13, 2018Heartiest congratulations to #Himadas for such an incredible performance at the World Championships. #indiaproudP.T. Usha (@PTUshaOfficial) July 13, 2018With the historic medal, she joined the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra. The javelin thrower won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort.Hima Das reacts after historic 400m gold: Thank you for the support, IndiaThe 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).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.Hima Das: Love for speed helps Assam teenager defy the odds on the tracksSince 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.last_img read more