Sprinter Hima Das, who has scripted history by becoming the first Indian athlete to win a gold at an IAAF event, has thanked fans for their love, support and blessings and has assured them of taking the country “a step forward” in athletics. Also Read - Delhi Chalo: Arvind Kejriwal Attacks Centre For Preventing Farmers From Holding 'Peaceful' Protests

Das on Thursday clinched a gold medal in the women’s 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships. She clocked 51.46s to win the coveted gold in the final race on the third day of the championship. And after her historic feat, Das has become the toast of the nation and wishes and congratulatory messages have poured in on social media for the 18-year-old. Also Read - Naveen Patnaik Writes To PM Modi Urges Centre To Issue Timeframe for CBSE Exam 2021

“I want to thank everyone who supported me and showered love on me after my win. It is because of your love that I have achieved this feat. Many people, including the President, Prime Minister, Sports Minister, Bollywood actors and sports personalities and others have congratulated me on Twitter,” Das said in a video posted on Twitter. Also Read - Ahmed Patel Passes Away: 'Lost an Irreplaceable Comrade,' Says Sonia Gandhi, Tributes Pour in From Political Circle

“I am overwhelmed after reading your congratulatory messages. Keep sending your best wishes, blessings and love so that I can take our country one step ahead. Thank You very much,” she added.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and others hailed Das and said that her accomplishment will certainly inspire young athletes in the coming years.

“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,” said Prime Minister Modi on Twitter. READ MORE

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also announced on Friday that the teenage sensation will be made state’s brand ambassador for sports.

No woman before Das had won a gold medal in a World Championship at any level, be it youth, junior or senior.  The teenager had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast this year in April.

With the feat, Das, who was born on January 9, 2000, now joins the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort.