Ace sprinter Dutee Chand created history by becoming the first Indian to clinch gold in a global meet 100-metre race when she won her race at the World Universiade in Naples, Italy on 10th July.
Chand was quick off the blocks running from lane number 4, getting a good lead over her opponents from the beginning. She successfully managed to then defend that lead for the rest of the race, fending off a late challenge by Swiss sprinter Ajla Del Ponte to claim the gold medal.
Chand finished with a time of 11.32 seconds, which is her second best-ever finish in a 100-metre race after setting the national record at 11.26 seconds.
Congratulations @DuteeChand for winning the 100m sprint at the Universiade, the World University Games, in Naples. This is India’s first such gold and a moment of immense pride for our country. Please keep up the effort, and look to greater glory at the Olympics #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 10, 2019
I've been passionately following since my childhood but it never came. Finally, for the first time, a gold for India! Congratulations @DuteeChand for winning the 100m sprint at the Universiade, the World University Games, in Naples🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/Rh4phsKCEI— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) July 10, 2019
Chand is only the second Indian track and field athlete to win a gold at the World Universiade after Inderjeet Singh did so in the men’s shot put event in 2015.
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