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Dutee Chand wins historic gold at World University Games

Dutee Chand wins historic gold at World University Games

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Published: 10 July 2019 2:55 AM GMT
Star sprinter Dutee Chand clinched India's first gold medal at the ongoing 2019 Summer Universiade in Napoli, Italy, after crossing the line at the San Paolo Stadium in 11.32 seconds. Dutee's medal was India's fourth at the ongoing Games following three shooting medals. The final was extremely close, with Chand triumphing by just 0.01 seconds to Ajla del Ponte of Switzerland who just missed out on gold, finishing in 11.33 seconds. Lisa Kwayie of Germany was the bronze medallist with a timing of 11.39 seconds. Dutee came into the World University Games after enduring a difficult past few weeks. The 20-year-old made headlines in India by revealing she is in a
same-sex relationship
, something she claims is her personal matter. Watch video of her final race: https://www.facebook.com/TheBridgeIN/videos/347751989222894/ The Odisha runner became the first Indian to win a 100m gold in a global event. She is the second Indian sprinter to win a gold in a global event after Hima Das, who clinched the top spot in 400m in the World Junior Athletics Championships last year. Dutee, who had a silver each in 100m and 200m in the 2018 Asian Games, is also only the second Indian track and field athlete to win a gold in the World Universiade. Inderjeet Singh had clinched the top spot in men's shot put event in the 2015 edition. After winning the race, Dutee tweeted: "Pull me down, I will come back stronger!" https://twitter.com/DuteeChand/status/1148683305975345152 Chand, a 100m record holder and winner of two Asian Games silver medals, was born in Chaka Gopalpur in Odisha to cotton weavers, Chand has been championing the cause of eligibility of female athletes in track and field events.
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