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Dutee Chand Biography: A Magnificent Tale that Defies all Stereotypes

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Fueling the aspirations of those seeking motivation, countless tales narrate the journeys of individuals who triumphed over adversity. Among them is the awe-inspiring story of Dutee Chand, the esteemed Indian athlete. Hailing from a poverty-stricken background, she has soared to remarkable heights, becoming a symbol of unwavering courage and determination. In this blog, we will look at Dutee Chand’s story, her struggles, medals & achievements, family, partner, etc.

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About Dutee Chand

Name Dutee Chand
Born February 3, 1996
Birthplace Chaka Gopalpur, Odisha, India
Age 27
Nationality Indian
Height 150 cm (4 ft 11 in)
Weight 50 kg (110 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event 100 meters, 200 meters
Club Odisha Mining Corporation
Coached by Ramesh Nagapuri
Personal best
  • 100 m: 11.17 NR(2021)
  • 200 m: 23.00 (2018)
Achievements Silvers in Asian Games, Bronze medals in Asian Championships, Silver and bronze in South Asian Games, Gold in Summer Universiade, Gold medals in Asian Junior Athletics Championships
  • Here’s the heart-wrenching tale of Dutee Chand, India’s very own golden girl.

Dutee Chand Biography

Early Life

Dutee was born on the 3rd of February, 1996 to Chakradhar Chand and Akhuji Chand who were weavers. With six siblings in the family, Dutee and her family spent most of her childhood in the coastal town of Gopalpur. Dutee was born in Jajpur, Odisha. Her family belonged to the below-poverty line class of income.

With six siblings around you, there is always something to look upon and learn. Dutee, at the age of 4, was inspired by her sister Saraswati who used to run on the banks of the Brahmani river.

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Destiny played a part in Sarawati’s career as she went on to become a national-level sprinter. Eventually, Saraswati got settled with a job in the police department.

Though this is not the case with today’s India, Dutee then had to face certain barriers for being a female with different aspirations than what was thought of as the to-do job for women. With changing times, thankfully, the mentality is nearly zero in society. At the age of 10, Dutee was called a ‘tomboy’ for having aspirations acceptable to boys only.

It takes years of hard work to have overnight success. Dutee had to run barefoot during training as her monetary condition couldn’t afford her to buy one. But the success gods were gracious enough to land her an opportunity with a sports scholarship at a government school in Bhubaneshwar.

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Scripts of Glory

Major achievements of Dutee Chand

Fighting all the way through the troubled waters in childhood, Dutee has now made it big in athletics.

Dutee Chand made it to the headlines in the year 2012. She timed 11.8 seconds in the 100 meters category. And suddenly, she was the talk of the town for setting the national record. Dutee accomplished this feat at National Youth (under 18) Junior Athletics Championships held at Sri Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru. The record was until then was held by R. Mahanta (12.08 seconds).

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The 2013 Asian Athletics championships, the 20th edition of the biennial athletics competition between Asian nations, was held in Pune, India. The event saw Dutee bag bronze medal in the 200 meters category. Dutee clocked 23.82 seconds and was preceded by another Indian Asha Roy (Silver, 23.71 seconds) and Viktoriya Zyabkina of Kazakhstan (Gold, 23.62 seconds).

The 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics saw Dutee Chand set an unprecedented record for India. She became the 1st Indian to reach the final of the 100-meter category. In the same year, the National Senior Athletics Championships at Ranchi saw Dutee become the national champion in the 100 meters (clocking 11.73s in the final) and 200 meters (clocking 23.73s).

In June of 2014, Dutee dominated the Asian Junior Athletics Championships held in Taipei, Republic of China. She won gold in the 200 meters category (23.74 s) and also won gold in the 4 X 400 meter relay. The relay unit in that race consisted of Dutee Chand, Jisha V.V, Jessy Joseph, Vijaya Kumari G.K. The combined time was 3 minutes 40.53 seconds.

In the 2016 Federation Cup National Athletics Championships held in New Delhi, Dutee Chand showcased her exceptional talent. She blazed through the women’s 100-meter dash, clocking an impressive time of 11.33 seconds. Not only did she claim the gold medal, but she also shattered the previous national record of 11.38 seconds set by Rachita Mistry sixteen years earlier.

At the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships held in Bhubaneswar, Dutee Chand secured two bronze medals. She won one bronze medal in the Women’s 100 meters event and another bronze medal as part of the Women’s 4 × 100 meters relay team. Her relay teammates were Srabani Nanda, Merlin K Joseph, and Himashree Roy.

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Dutee Chand achieved significant success at the 2018 Asian Games. In the Women’s 100 meters finals, she claimed the silver medal, marking her first-ever medal at the Asian Games. She recorded a time of 11.32 seconds on August 26th. Continuing her impressive performance, Dutee Chand secured her second silver medal at the Asian Games on August 29th, this time in the Women’s 200 meters finals

Dutee Chand achieved a historic milestone at the 2019 Summer Universiade held in Napoli. She secured the gold medal in the 100-meter race, making her the first Indian woman sprinter to ever win gold at the Universiade.

In the 59th National Open Athletics Championships, Dutee broke her own national record by clocking 11.22 seconds in the 100 meters category. Certainly, Dutee is challenging herself to push beyond.

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Dutee Chand Hyperandrogenism Controversy

Dutee was probably at the peak of her career. The expectations around her potential were so enormous that the then Director-General of the Sports Authority of India described her as a sure-shot Olympic medalist of the future.

Then came a huge blow in Dutee’s career. With barely a fortnight left for the opening ceremony of the CWG 2014 opening ceremony, Dutee was axed from the Indian contingent after she failed a “test”. Dutee’s natural levels of testosterone were normally found in men. It wasn’t doping nor a fitness-related issue that was the predominant reason for athletes being sacked. The decision was made in compliance with regulations on “female hyperandrogenism” under the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The committee asked her to undergo surgery for correction but Dutee was defiant.

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Following the decision, the Athletics Federation of India and the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) faced the heat of taking such a decision.

Santhi Sounadrajan, an Indian middle-distance runner came in to assist Dutee with unconditional support. Shanti in a statement to The Hindu condemned the last-minute axing-

“They have tested her at the last minute, humiliated her, and broke her heart. Now, if she re-enters the sports field, things will not be normal. Even if she takes treatment, people will kill her with their suspicious gaze.”

“She is a future Olympian. If India needs an athletics medal at the Olympics, Dutee is the best hope. It is the duty of every Indian to ensure that she runs again. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has to be lenient in these matters,”

Defying the Odds

The fighter in Dutee was unwilling to give up. Chand appealed before the Court of Arbitration for sports challenging the decision taken by the Sports Authority of India and IAAF. In a landmark judgment, the court delivered the verdict in favor of Dutee Chand. There was a suspension of the IAAF policy on hyperandrogenism following the case.

It was a tremendous couple of years for Dutee Chand. Life went topsy-turvy in those two years.

Defying Stereotypes with Courage

Post-Supreme Court of India’s historic decision of decriminalizing gay sex (the decision was ruled in 2018), Dutee publicly revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship. Dutee hence became the first sportsperson in India to openly acknowledge being lesbian. Things didn’t turn out to be so peaceful for her. She faced a revolt within the family and localities from the village she belonged to.  

“I had been supporting her all along for her special interest in sports but … we belong to a traditional weaver community, which does not permit such things. How can we face our relatives and society?”

Dutee’s mother’s statement to Indian Express

Dutee Chand Partner

Monalisa and Dutee Chand, Image Source- Amarujala

Dutee Chand and her partner, Monalisa, have been together for over four years. Their relationship gained widespread attention in 2019 when local media channels inadvertently disclosed that the celebrated athlete was romantically involved with a woman from her hometown. The incident sparked headlines and brought attention to their relationship.

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Dutee Chand’s Family

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Dutee’s was born to Akhuji Chand and Chakradhar Chand, who were weavers by profession, in the Jajpur district of Odisha. Dutee was not the only child in the family. She had six siblings, 5 sisters, and 1 brother. Dutee lived most of her life in poverty owing to the fact that her parents belonged to the below poverty line class of income.

Dutee Chand Records & Achievements

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Outdoor Competition
2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics Donetsk, Ukraine 6th 100 m 11.71 sec
Asian Athletics Championships Pune, India Bronze 200 m 23.811 sec
2014 Asian Junior Athletics Championships Taipei, Taiwan Gold 200 m 23.74 sec
Gold 4 × 400 m relay 3.40.53 min
2016 XXVI G Kosanov Memorial Almaty, Kazakhstan NR 100 m 11.24 sec
Rio Olympics(Heat 5) Jakarta, Indonesia H5–7th 100 m 11.69 sec
2017 Asian Athletics Championships Bhubaneswar, India Bronze 100 m 11.52 sec
Bronze 4 × 100 m relay 44.57 sec
World Championships in Athletics (Heat) London, UK H5–5th 100 m 12.07 sec
2018 Asian Games Jakarta, Indonesia Silver 100 m 11.32 s
SF1–1st PB 200 m 23.00 s
Silver 23.20 s
2019 Asian Athletics Championships Doha, Qatar H4−1st NR 100 m 11.28 sec
SF NR 11.26 sec
FL−5th 11.44 sec
Bronze 200 m 23.24 sec
XXX Summer Universiade Naples, Italy Gold 100 m 11.32 sec
Indoor Competition
2016 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships Doha, Qatar H−1st NR 60 m 7.28 s
Bronze 7.37 s
IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland, USA H5–5th 60 m 7.30 s
SF3–8th 7.62 s

Source: Wikipedia

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