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Video of Hima Das winning 400m race at IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 is shared as CWG 2022

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A video is being shared on social media claiming that Indian athlete Hima Das had won Gold Medal in Women’s 400-metre race at the 2022 Commonwealth Games being held in Birmingham. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.  

Claim: Indian sprinter Hima Das won a gold medal in the Women’s 400-metre race at the CWG 2022.

Fact: The video shared in the post shows an old clip from the World Athletics U-20 Championship Tampere 2018. Hima Das won a gold medal in the Women’s 400-metre race held at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championship in 2018 and created the history by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Athletics Junior World Championship. Hima Das will participate in the Women’s 400-metre race at CWG 2022 on 06 August 2022. Hence, the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.  

On observing the video carefully, one could see a banner placed beside the running track that reads “IAAF World U-20 Championship TAMPERE 2018”. When we searched for this video using relevant keywords on the internet, a video with similar visuals were found on the Hima Das Facebook page published on 12 July 2020. Hima Das published this video stating- “Will never forget 12 July 2018 in Tampere, Finland when i became first Indian to win a gold medal in 400 m in the World U-20 Athletics Championship. Totally unbelievable moment it was. Again thanks to my coaches, Athletics Federation of India Sports Authority of India MYAS GOI”.

On 12 July 2018, Hima Das won the gold medal in the Women’s 400-metre race held at the IAAF World U-20 Championship TAMPERE 2018. By winning the gold medal, Hima Das created history by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships. The ‘World Athletics’ YouTube channel published the full video of the Women’s 400-metre run event held at the World Athletics U20 Championships Tampere 2018. Hima Das’s interview after she won the gold medal at the World Athletics U20 Championships can be seen here.

According to athletics schedule at CWC 2022, Hima Das will participate on 06 August 2022.

To sum it up, a 2018 video from the World Athletics U-20 Championship is being shared as Hima Das has won a gold medal at the CWG 2022.

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