Jakarta, 26 August 2018: 18-year old Indian runner, Hima Das, won Team India a silver medal in the Women’s 400 Meters Final at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games. She finished only behind Salwa Naser of Bahrain in the final, which took place at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium here on Sunday. 🥈
Apart from bringing glory to the country in the form of the 32nd medal of the ongoing Asian competition, Hima Das’ timing of 50.79 seconds is a new national record. What is even more noteworthy is the fact that the current Under-20 world champion’s timing was better than the previous games record of 50.86. In the same event, another Indian, Nirmala Sheoran, clocked 52.96 seconds to finish fourth.
Here in Jakarta, she broke the national record in the qualifications itself. She clocked 51.00 seconds and broke a 14-year old record of Manjeet Kaur, who had 51.05 seconds. She then went on to better her own record in the final, where she clocked 50.79 seconds, becoming the first Indian woman to clock a score below 51 seconds, and also bagging a silver medal for herself and for the country.
She didn’t waste time in posting her happiness on her Twitter handle:
It was wonderful moment for me winning silver medal for my country in the Asian Games. Thankyou everyone for your support. Looking forward to my other events.🇮🇳
Love you alll 😘😘😘 pic.twitter.com/GHXLR56kwS
— Hima Das (@HimaDas8) August 26, 2018
Have a look at that lovely run towards the end:
Hima Das wins silver in Asian Games 2018. Congratulations to all .. pic.twitter.com/fxPid4kvfa
— Col KS Banshtu (@col_banshtu) August 26, 2018