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Under-20 World Junior Athletics: Hima Das wins gold, scripts history

The 18-year-old Das, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold medal

Press Trust of India  |  Tampere (Finland) 

Hima Das, World Junior Athletics
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on Thursday scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at as she clinched to top spot in the women's 400m final race on the third day of competitions here.

The 18-year-old Das, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold.

She now joins the illustrious company of star thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. In fact, Das is the first Indian to have won a medal in the history of this competition.

The previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were (bronze in in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in in 2014).

Das was a favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 in this quarter-mile event. Das clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in 400m final in Gold Coast in April.

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 Inter State Championships in Guwahati.

First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 23:44 IST
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