Dutee Chand wins Universiade Gold

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Indian ace sprinter Dutee Chand won the Universiade 2019 100 meter gold at Napoli, clocking 11.32 seconds. She became the first Indian sprinter to win a Global event title. She bettered her semi-final timing of 11.58 seconds to create history at the World stage.

Dutee was representing Kalinga Institute of Institutional Technology (KIIT) Group of Institutions, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, at the World University Games 2019 held in Napoli.

Dutee’s feat saw numerous renowned people including the likes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, President of India Shri , Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Industrialist Anand Mahindra among others praise Dutee for her feat.

 

Dutee is the current National Champion in the women’s 100 meters event. She is also the third Indian woman ever to qualify for the Women’s 100 meters event at the Olympics. Dutee won two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games and has been one of the most talked-about athletes in the country.

Dutee was recently in news for being the first openly gay athlete when she spoke about her same-sex relationship. She is yet to find acceptance from her family and is hoping that to change soon.

Cosmopolitan, an international fashion and entertainment magazine for women featured Dutee Chand on the cover, dressed in all-black and draped with a multi-color cape to celebrate International Pride month.

“India’s Shining Star and First Openly-Gay Athlete,” the magazine’s caption reads.


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