Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has announced that athlete Hima Das, who created history by becoming the first Indian to have won a gold in a track event at the world level, will be made state’s brand ambassador for sports.

18-year-old Das on Thursday created history after she became the first Indian woman athlete to win a gold medal at the world level as she clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships. Starting the race as a pre-tournament favourite, Das clocked 51.46s to win the coveted gold in the women’s 400m final race on the third day of the championship. However, this has not been her personal best so far. Her best performance came at the recent National Inter-State Championships in Guwahati where she won the gold medal by clocking 51.13 seconds in 400 m race.

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She joined Neeraj Chopra who won a gold in javelin — a field event — in the IAAF World U-20 Championships in the last edition in 2016 in Poland.

Sonowal said the Assamese youngster has achieved a rare feat by becoming the first Indian athlete to win gold in such a prestigious track event and announced that the golden girl would be felicitated at a state level function.

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“In order to inspire the budding players of the state to aim big and the young generation to take up sports seriously, Hima will also be made the state’s brand ambassador for sports,” Sonowal announced.

The chief minister hoped that the teenage sensation will be able to repeat her stupendous success at Asian Games to be held at Jakarta in August this year and the country’s reigning sprint star would keep making the people of the state and the country proud by her achievements at the world stage.

(With inputs from IANS)