Hima creates history for Indian athletics  

Hima Das celebrates after winning gold in women’s 400m at the IAAF World U-20 Championships

Hima Das created history by winning the gold medal in the women’s 400 metre event at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Finland on Thursday.

India's Hima Das created history by winning the gold medal in the women's 400 metre event at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Finland on Thursday.

Hima registered a time of 51.46 seconds in the final at the Ratina Stadium to become the first Indian athlete to win gold in a world championship across all age groups.

Andrea Miklos of Romania took silver with a personal best time of 52.07 seconds. Taylor Manson of the US registered 52.28 seconds to finish third.

Hima had done well in the earlier rounds as well, winning Heat 4 with a time of 52.25 seconds. She emerged on top in the semi-finals as well, winning her race in 52.10 seconds.

Jisna Matthew, the other Indian in the fray, also showed early promise, winning Heat 5 with a time of 54.32 seconds. But the Kerala girl crashed out in the semi-finals, where she finished fifth with 53.86 seconds.

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