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

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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.