Icelandic runner Aníta Hinriksdóttir became a world champion today after running the 800-meter dash in just 2 minutes and 1.13 seconds at the World Youth Championships taking place in Donetsk, Ukraine this weekend, RÚV reports.
Aníta’s was a record time for the race at the youth games, which celebrates the achievements of athletes 17 year of age and younger. Now that Aníta is a record-setter she is among the ranks of Olympic champion Usain Bolt, who set a record at the World Youth Championship in 2003 for the 200-meter dash.
Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson sent Aníta special congratulations for her achievement, writing “on behalf of the Icelandic nation, I wish to congratulate you heartily on your outstanding performance. The World Championship title, hopefully the first of many, shows just what cn be achieved with hard work and perseverance. Enjoy your moment. We are extremely proud of you.”