National record holder Dutee Chand grew to become the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold medal in the World Universiade after she won the 100m race event.
The 23-year-old Dutee clocked 11.32 seconds to grab the gold as she was leading the race from start to finish. Racing at lane number 4, Dutee was the first one among the 8 athletes to ascend the starting off wedges and she made all of it to fend of a late battle from Del Ponte (11.33) of Switzerland.
Lisa KwaYie of Germany took the bronze in 11.39 seconds in the race run past midnight Indian time on Tuesday. The Odisha runner, whose countrywide record shelves at 11.24 seconds, hence became the first Indian to win a 100m gold in an international event.
Dutee, who obtained a silver each in 100m and 200m in the 2018 Asian Games, happens to be solely the second Indian track and field athlete to gain a gold in the World Universiade. Inderjeet Singh have clinched the top spot in men’s shot put event in the 2015 edition.
After succeeding the race, Dutee, who in recent times admitted to having a committed relationship with a girl, tweeted: “Pull me down, I will come back stronger!”
She additionally included : “With years of hardwork and your blessings , I have yet again broken the record by winning the Gold in 100m dash in 11.32 seconds at The World University Games , Napoli . All three medal winners, are the winners too, with a heart of Gold from Germany and Sweden.”
Beforehand on Tuesday, Dutee qualified for the final with a time of 11.41 seconds in the semifinal, that have built her the very first Indian sprinter to arrive at the final of World Universiade.
On Monday, she have advanced to the semifinals from the heats with a time of 11.58 seconds.
Dutee has got a season best of 11 .26 seconds in 100m, marked in the Doha Asian Championships in April. She could hardly reach the semifinals in the previous edition of the World University Games in Taipei City in 2017, where Sanjivani Jadhav came up with a silver in women’s 10000m race.
Dutee is a college student at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, a deemed university in Bhubaneswar. She is so far to qualify for the World Championships to be held in Doha in September-October.
President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Dutee on her achievement via Twitter and Dutee replied to the President’s tweet, saying;
Thank you, sir. I will try my best to bring Olympics Gold Medal home. Once again, many thanks for your blessings. https://t.co/GuNzuhu6Yd— Dutee Chand (@DuteeChand) July 10, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished Dutee and termed her victory as ‘Exceptional achievement’
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also applauded Dutee’s efforts via Twitter;
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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