Hima Das continues to make the nation proud as she clinched her fifth gold medal in 18 days by winning the women's 400m race in the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix hosted by the Czech Republic on 20 July. The 19-year-old recorded her season-best timing of 52.09 seconds, announcing her return to the 400m race category.
The 'Dhing Express' has been on a roll in Europe and had already added four gold medals prior to the latest one. Thus, it can be rightly be said that it has been a gold rush for the Assamese sprinter.
Das had also announced her victory on social media.
The young athlete was congratulated by one and all on social media including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi took to Twitter and wrote that the country is very proud of her phenomenal achievements over the last few days and that everyone is absolutely delighted as she has brought home five medals in various tournaments and concluded by wishing Hima luck for her future endeavours.
Read Modi's tweet here:
The 19-year-old beat her previous season-best timing of 52.88 seconds recorded earlier this season. Das dominated the 400m race, although her season-best timing is lower than her career-best timing of 50.79 seconds recorded at the Jakarta Asian Games. She had also missed a chance to participate in the World Championships.
Das raced to her first gold medal on July 2 as she dominated the 200m race at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland where she clocked 23.65 seconds to grab the first place on the podium. Her second medal came from the same category at the Kutno Athletics Meet on July 7 in Poland, finishing the race with a time of 23.97 seconds She then registered her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet, Czech Republic as she clocked 23.43 seconds. She went on to clinch her fourth gold by winning the 200m race Tabor Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic.