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President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday hailed Hima Das who created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to win a gold at an IAAF event. "Congratulations to our sensational sprint star Hima Das for winning the 400m gold in the World Under-20 (in Finland)... A very proud moment for Assam and India, Hima; now the Olympic podium beckons," the President said in a tweet.
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PM Narendra Modi posted: India is delighted and proud of athlete Hima Das, who won a historic Gold in the 400m of World U20 Championships. Congratulations to her! This accomplishment will certainly inspire young athletes in the coming years.
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Virender Sehwag tweeted: Wow! So proud of you Hima Das. Incredible, historic achievement on becoming the first Indian track athlete to win a medal at any global event winning Gold at women's 400m World U-20 Championships clocking a time of 51.47 seconds. Thank you for the happiness.
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Sachin Tendulkar said: 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
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Amitabh Bachchan posted: T 2865 - CONGRATULATIONS .. #HimaDas , the first Indian Women to win a GOLD in World Athletic track event EVER ! INDIA is proud of you .. you have given us reason to hold up our heads HIGH ! JAI HIND !!
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Akshay Kumar posted: Historic! Congratulations Hima Das for winning India's first Gold at a global track event in Under - 20 World Athletics. Nicely done