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PM praises athlete Hima Das, says her feat has given new energy to Indians

116   //    14 Jul 2018, 19:52 IST

Varanasi (UP), Jul 14 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today heaped praise on athlete Hima Das, who scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win a gold in a track event at the world level.

The PM said he was deeply touched when Das "passionately" searched for the Tricolour after winning the medal and became emotional while singing the national anthem.

Addressing a rally here, Modi began his speech by commending the 18-year-old sprinter, who won a gold in the women's 400m race in the World U20 Athletic Championships.

"She is the daughter of the country, Assam's athelete Hima Das," Modi said.

"Seeing her passionately search for the Tricolour immediately after winning and getting emotional while singing the National Anthem touched me deeply. I was extremely moved," the prime minister said.

"Which Indian wont have tears of joy on seeing this. It gives new energy and encouragement to 1.24 million Indians. I congratulate her for making the country proud," he said.

Das, who clocked 51.46s to win the gold, hails from Dhing village in Assam's Nagaon district.

The prime minister also shared a video of Das on Twitter.

"Unforgettable moments from @HimaDas8's victory," he said

"Which Indian won't have tears of joy seeing this!", he wrote

Press Trust of India (PTI) is a news agency in India
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