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Dutee Chand becomes first Indian woman to win 100m gold in global meet



New Delhi: National record holder Dutee Chand became the first Indian women to win gold in 100m in a global event in the World Universaide in Napoli, Italy on Wednesday.

Soon after her win, Dutee tweeted: “Pull me down, I will come back stronger!”

The 23-year-old clocked 11.32 seconds to win the gold, leading from start to finish. She was the first one to blast off the blocks out of the eight final athletes, and made most of it to fend off a late challenge from Switzerland’s Del Ponte (11.33).

“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,” she said.

Dutee has now become 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.

President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Dutee on her win. “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,” the President tweeted.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also applauded Dutee’s efforts. He twitted, “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.”

On July 8, Dutee clocked 11.58 in the heats and on July 9, clocked 11.41 seconds in the semifinals, and qualified for the finals.

Dutee has a season best of 11.26 seconds in 100m, recorded in the Doha Asian Championships in April. In the previous edition of the World University Games in Taipei City in 2017, she could not reach the semifinals, where Sanjivani Jadhav had won a silver in women’s 10,000m race.


Silver at Berlin helps runner Jinson qualify for athletics World Championships



Berlin: Asian Games gold medallist Jinson Johnson bettered his own 1500m national record while clinching a silver in the ISTAF Berlin event here on Sunday.

Johnson clocked 3 minute 35.24 seconds to finish second behind Joshua Thompson of United States at the Olympic Stadium here.sports news headlines

The earlier national record in the name of the 28-year-old Kerala runner was 3:37.62 which he had clocked at Nijmegen in the Netherlands in June. He also holds the 800m national record (1:45.65).sports news headlines

With his own national record shattering effort, Jinson also qualified for the World Championships to be held in Doha from September 28 to October 6. The World Championships qualifying time is 3:36.00.

“I was expecting to set new national record but did not expect to win the silver. I will now go to Colorado in USA for further training and then to Doha for World Championships,” Jinson said after the event.

“I am very happy. But my ultimate aim is to do well in Tokyo 2020.”

Jinson had won the 2018 Asian Games gold in 1500m with a time of 3:44.72.

ISTAF Berlin is a part of the IAAF World Challenge meetings, the second tier of global one day athletics events. It is the penultimate leg of the IAAF World Challenge meetings this year.

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Simone Biles triumph sixth US National Gymnastics Championship



Simone Biles during the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

Kansas City: Gymnast Simone Biles cemented herself as one of the leading gymnastic stalwarts, as she won the sixth US women’s gymnastics title here on Sunday.

In the two-day all-around performance, Biles got total of 118.500, ahead of five points of Sunisa Lee in second and eight points of Grace McCallum at the third position.

The 22-year-old  won five medals in Rio Olympics, four of them gold, and has more world titles than any other gymnast, male or female.

Speaking on her latest achievement, she said “I was so relieved,” she said of the triple-double. “Today I was very, very pleased.”

The Olympian began her preparations for the Tokyo Olympics by drilling her boundary-pushing triple-twisting, double-flip at the end of her first tumbling run on floor exercise.

When Biles made a comeback to gymnastics after a year break following the Rio Olympics, American gymnast was willing for more medals or had anything left to prove.

According to a report on USA Today, Biles wanted to challenge herself, to see how much she could wring out of her otherworldly talent. In doing so, she is pushing the boundaries of the sport beyond where anyone could ever imagined.

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Dutee Chand requests MEA for visa to compete in Europe



Dutee Chand.

Dutee wants to participate in tournaments in Ireland and Germany, but is yet to get her visa

New Delhi: Indian sprinter Dutee Chand on Thursday requested the external affairs minister S. Jaishankar to help her to get her visa, so that she can participate in the European races to qualify for the World Athletics Championships.

The 23-year-old tweeted, “Want to participate in @iaaforg tournaments in Ireland & Germany on August 13 and August 19 respectively. My Visa formalities have not been completed due to some reasons. Request @DrSJaishankar & @MEAIndia to intervene at the earliest and help me participate in the race.”

Dutee recently became the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold medal in the World University Games, is slated to run 100m dash in two IAAF-approved races, one in Ireland on August 13 and second is in Germany on August 19. But she is yet to get her visa.

As per media reports, Dutee had applied for the visa last week and she also planned to depart from India on Friday.

The World Championships qualifying timing is 11.24 seconds and 2020 Olympic Games cut-off is 11.15. She ran her personal best and national record time of 11.26 seconds in Doha in April during the Asian Championships.

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