Assam sprinter Hima Das missed out on a medal, finishing 6th in the 400 Metre final at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, but won the hearts of a billion Indians with a spirited show that saw her better her previous personal best.

Hima, who started on lane 8 in the final sprint, clocked 51.32 seconds improving her previous personal best of 51.53 seconds she clocked in the semifinal yesterday.

Meanwhile, at her hometown Dhing in Nagaon district where it was a festival-like atmosphere, her parents, relatives, friends and well-wishers were more than satisfied with her performance even though she could not win a medal.

“She gave her best. That is more important. I did hope she would be among the medal winners but the fact that she gave her best, bettering her previous personal best, is what makes me proud,” Hima’s mother told NEWS LIVE, as tears rolled down her eyes.

Tears rolled down the eyes of Hima’s mother after her daughter gave a spirited performance in the women’s 400 metre finals

“She had created history and made us proud. She is a star. It’s just the beginning. She will win many international medals in the coming years,” a neighbour said.

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Hundreds of people had been praying for her success since this morning with a giant projector screen installed outside Hima’s residence to witness her rub shoulders with top international stars.

Family members, friends and relatives watching the Women’s 400 metre finals on a giant LED installed outside their residence.

The gold went to Amantle Montsho of Botswana while Anastasia Le-Roy of Jamaica won the silver and Stephenie McPherson settled for the bronze.

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