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IAAF World U20 Tampere - Hima Das Wins India's First Gold Medal

Sports | News18 | July 13, 2018, 12:26 pm
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 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. (Image: AP)

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. (Image: AP)

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 The 18-year-old Das, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold. (Image: AP)

The 18-year-old Das, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold. (Image: AP)

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 She now joins 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. (Image: AFP)

She now joins 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. (Image: AFP)

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 In fact, Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition. (Image: AFP)

In fact, Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition. (Image: AFP)

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 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). (Image: PTI)

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). (Image: PTI)

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 Das was a favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. (Image: PTI)

Das was a favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. (Image: PTI)

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 Das clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April. (Image: PTI)

Das clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April. (Image: PTI)

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 Since then, she has gone onto improving 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. (Image: PTI)

Since then, she has gone onto improving 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. (Image: PTI)