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Hima Das, India is proud of you, say Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh, Akshay Kumar

As Hima Das became the first Indian ever to win a gold at IAAF, Bollywood celebs came together to congratulate her.

bollywood Updated: Jul 13, 2018 18:03 IST
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Hindustan Times
Hima Das,Amitabh Bachchan,Shah Rukh Khan
Hima Das celebrates her victory in women's 400 metre race at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.(AP)

Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan, among several others, joined an elated nation to congratulate Hima Das on winning the women’s 400 metre event at the IAAF World U20 in Finland. Hima is the first Indian athlete to win a gold at an IAAF event.

Amitabh wrote that Hima has given us reason to hold up our heads: “Congratulation. Hima Das, the first Indian women to win a gold in world athletic track event ever! India is proud of you. You have given us reason to hold up our heads high! Jai Hind!”

Shah Rukh Khan took to Facebook and declared his happiness over the development. “Woke up and felt a genuine wave of Pride Love & inspiration. What an amazing athlete you are...#HimaDas Kya Baat hai! ,” he wrote.

Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Historic! Congratulations Hima Das for winning India’s first gold at a global track event in Under - 20 World Athletics. Nicely done.”

Farhan Akhtar also congratulated Hima and mentioned that fifth anniversary of his film, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, coincided with her win. Farhan played athlete Milkha Singh in the film that also starred Sonam Kapoor. “Congratulations Hima Das. 400 metre winner in world Under-20 championships. Proud moment. It is amazing that it coincides with the five year anniversary of ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and Milkhaji’s biggest dream was to witness an Indian athlete win gold in track and field,” he wrote.

He also shared a video snippet of the historic victory.

Arjun Rampal: Congratulations Hima Das for this stupendous feat. The toughest race 400 metres. The first Indian athlete to win a title in any track event. Huge day for Indian athletics.

Dia Mirza: Proud proud proud! What an incredible day Hima Das. India

Actor and BJP leader Shatrugan Sinha wrote, “Yet another brilliant performance from India’s daughter... Kudos to India’s Hima Das who made history by becoming our first track athlete to become a world champion at any level after winning the women’s 400m at the U-20 World Championships in Tampere, Finland, on Thursday. Hima Das.”

Daughter of a paddy farmer from Dhing village in Assam’s Nagaon district, Hima shone in a field dominated by runners from the US and Jamaica in Tampere’s Ratina Stadium on Thursday. She became the first Indian athlete to win gold in a world championship across all age groups.

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First Published: Jul 13, 2018 18:01 IST