New Delhi, Jul 13 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated athlete Hima Das on winning a gold in the women’s 400m race in the World U20 Athletic Championships.

The 18-year-old sprinter scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman athlete to win a gold at the world level. She clocked 51.46s to win the gold.

India is delighted and proud of athlete Hima Das, who won a historic Gold in the 400m of World U20 Championships… This accomplishment will certainly inspire young athletes in the coming years , the prime minister said on Twitter.

No woman before Das has won a gold medal in a World Championship at any level, be it youth, junior or senior.

She is also the first Indian to have won a gold in a track event at the world level.

Das hails from Dhing village in Assam’s Nagaon district.

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