The women’s 4X400m event that included Hima Das, Raju Poovamma, Saritaben Laxmanbhai Gayakwad and Vismaya Koroth clocked in a time of 3:28.72 to finish at the top. Following them was Bahrain who won silver, clocking in their time of 3:30.61 while Vietnam bagged the bronze medal clocking in 3:33.23.
The women’s team gained a much-needed post early on thanks to 18-year-old Hima Das’ speedy performance that paved the way for the other athletes. In the past, the Indian women’s 4X400 m team won gold in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018.
Hima Das is known for creating a record barely a month ago. She got India its first ever track gold at a global event by winning the 400 metre final at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. Her performance at the Asian Games was still a tad better than her performance at Finland, as she had clocked in 51.46 seconds at the Ratina Stadium, Finland.
Meanwhile, Hima had also bagged the silver at the women’s 400m race, clocking in 50.79 seconds at the ongoing Asian Games.
Congratulatory messages have been pouring in for the athletes.
— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) August 30, 2018
Medal No. 50! Indian #Atletics brings home Silver medal in the first-ever 4x400m Mixed Relay of the #AsianGames ! Clocking a velociuosly fast 3:15.71 #TeamIndia‘s #MuhammedAnas, #MRPoovamma, #HimaDas & #RajivArokia finished 2nd! #WellDone @afiindia team 🇮🇳🥈👏#IAmTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/lRWczxUQ3A
— Team India (@ioaindia) August 28, 2018
I congratulate the winners at the #AsianGames2018 for their wonderful performance yesterday.Jinson Johnson for winning Gold in Men’s 1500m and the Women’s 4x400m relay team for their Gold-MR Poovamma,Sarita Gayakwad,Hima Das & VK Vismaya. Well Done. #CitizenMukherjee
— Pranab Mukherjee (@CitiznMukherjee) August 31, 2018
— Amul.coop (@Amul_Coop) August 31, 2018
Exceptional performance by #TeamIndia
Heartiest congratulations Hima Das, MR Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad & VK Vismaya on winning a well deserved historic gold medal in 4x400m Women’s Relay at #AsianGames2018
Wishing them all the best for future endeavours.@HimaDas8 @afiindia pic.twitter.com/EBNqN8S6Gm
— Rajiv Pratap Rudy (@RajivPratapRudy) August 30, 2018
The Golden girls of India! Sarita Gayakwad, Hima Das, Vismaya and Poovamma Raju clinched the Gold medal in women’s 4x400m relay event in #AsianGames2018. Heartiest congratulations to them on this historic achievement. pic.twitter.com/ZpxeMYiSfn
— P Muralidhar Rao (@PMuralidharRao) August 30, 2018
Medals left, right and centre … getting hard to keep track 😜. Our relay teams have been on fire, with the women’s team snatching up the🥇medal in the 4x400m relay, and the men’s team securing the🥈medal in the men’s event. Outstanding!👌 #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/YFoVjTCGkl
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 30, 2018