VARANASI, July 14 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi today heaped praise on Assamese athlete Hima Das, who scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win a gold in a track event at the world level.
The Prime Minister said he was deeply touched when Das �passionately� searched for the Tricolour after winning the race and became emotional while singing the national anthem during the medal presentation ceremony.
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 athlete 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 won�t have tears of joy on seeing this. It gives new energy and encouragement to 1.24 billion Indians. I congratulate her for making the country proud,� he said.
Das, who clocked 51.46 seconds to win the gold, hails from Dhing in Assam�s Nagaon district.
The Prime Minister also shared a video of Das on Twitter. �Unforgettable moments from @HimaDas�s victory,� he said. � PTI