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Assam erupts in joy over Hima's win in Finland

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

As scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to clinch a gold medal at a global event -- the Under-20 Championships in Finland, her home state erupted with joy.

People in were ecstatic and accolades poured in from all corners of the state and beyond as footage of Hima with the signature Assamese 'gamosa' wound around her neck and the national flag wrapped around her rejoicing at the track after her win was beamed by television channels.

Hima is lovingly called the 'Dhing Express' because she hails from a village near Dhing in central

Congratulatory messages reached her parents from the and Athletic Federation of India, numerous other bodies and people, while a large number of people, including her neighbours flocked to her home to celebrate her win.

Her father said an excited Hima had telephoned her mother and him last night to convey the of her historic win.

"She (Hima) woke us up. She was very excited and it took us some time for the to sink in," her father, who is a farmer, told reporters.

"We are elated that our daughter has won the gold medal for the country'', he said.

Hima, he said, has worked very hard and "We hope she continues to bring laurels to the country".

The people of Assam have always encouraged Hima in her journey as an

"We thank them wholeheartedly and we also request them to continue to bless her in the future," he said.

An emotional Jomali said she is very "proud of her daughter who has brought such great laurels for the nation. I pray to God to help her in future endeavours."

Her parents were, however, peeved that certain organisations have highlighted her inability to communicate properly in English even after she did the country proud.

congratulated Hima and said that entire Assam and the country is proud of her.

"Hima has brought glory not only to the state but to the entire nation and we are very proud of her achievements," Sonowal told reporters.

He announced that the will continue to support her in future and will felicitate her when she returns to the country.

Former too congratulated the and announced an award of Rs one lakh on behalf of the Trust instituted in his parents' memory.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 21:30 IST
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