At the 30th Summer University Games in Naples, Italy this Tuesday, Indian Sprinter Dutee Chand India’s first openly gay athlete ,bagged the gold medal in the women’s 100-metre sprint completing her run within 11.32 seconds. it’s the first time that Indian has won a 100-metre gold at this global event. Before this no Indian had qualified for the 100-metre final in the history of the University Games.
Expressing her happiness she says,“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”.
Ajla Del Ponte of Switzerland got the silver medal,with a late burst of speed to finish with a time of 11.33 seconds,
earlier on Tuesday, Dutee qualified for the final with a time of 11.41 seconds in the semifinal.
Also with a time of 11.58 seconds Monday , she had moved into the semifinals from the heats, her season best of 11.26 seconds in the 100-metre discipline was recorded at Doha in April 2019, and a personal best of 11.24 seconds, plus she is a two-time Asian champion and the holder of the 100-metre national record.
At the biennial World University Games, the biggest multi-sport event on the planet after the Olympics,India have traditionally returned with a modest medal haul, before only by Inderjeet Singh in shot put have won a gold medal in the 2015 edition, in the past years 2013, 2017 India bagged silver medal each.