- Dutee Chand won gold in the 100 m sprint event at the 30th Summer University Games in Naples, Italy.
- She became the first Indian sprinter to achieve the feat.
- Summer University Games is the biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics.
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand clinched a historic gold medal at the women’s 100-metre sprint at the 30th Summer University Games in Naples, Italy on Tuesday, with a time of 11.32 seconds. This, therefore, became India’s first gold medal in the 100-metre gold at the global event.
Moreover, it also marked the country’s first gold at the ongoing edition of the meet. Previously, Indian athletes have not even qualified for the 100-metre finals in the history of the University Games.
“I am happy to become the first girl ever to win gold for India in the World University Games. I dedicate this medal to my university KIIT, its founder Professor Samantaji, who has stood by me during my bad days, the people of Odisha and CM Naveen Patnaik for all his support,” Dutee said to The Indian Express from Naples after the victory.
Exceptional achievement of an exceptional athlete!
Congratulations @DuteeChand for winning a hard earned and well deserved Gold in the Women’s 100 m finals.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 10, 2019
Switzerland’s Ajla Del Ponte won the silver medal in the 100-metre sprint after coming up with a late burst of speed. She clocked a time of 11.33 seconds.
Dutee had made it to the semi finals from the heats on Monday with a time of 11.58 seconds.
Earlier on Tuesday, Dutee had qualified for the final with a timing of 11.41s in the semi final, which was in itself a historic achievement.
Pull me down, I will come back stronger! pic.twitter.com/PHO86ZrExl
— Dutee Chand (@DuteeChand) July 9, 2019
India has not had great luck with the biennial World University Games, which is arguably the biggest multi-sport event on the Earth after the Olympics.
In recent history, only Inderjeet Singh (shot put) has managed to win a gold medal at the 2015 edition. Earlier the country won a silver medal each in the 2013 and 2017 editions.
— Dutee Chand (@DuteeChand) July 10, 2019
Dutee Chand – The Face of Cosmopolitan Magazine
Dutee Chand has been making waves off the field as well, with the athlete making her way on to the front page of Cosmopolitan India’s digital cover.
She can be seen dressed in all-black athletic active-wear matched by a rainbow colored tulle-material cape, same as the colours of pride. June is the International Pride month.
“India’s Shining Star and First Openly-Gay Athlete,” the caption on the magazine reads. Dutee Chand is one of the India’s first openly-gay athletes.
(!!!) Cosmo got Dutee Chand for the July 2019 digital cover! pic.twitter.com/5eUOVw00VW
— Aakriti (@Aakriti1) July 8, 2019