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India’s Chand wins historic 100m gold medal at Summer Universiade

Date : 10 Jul 2019

Naples, Italy, July 10, 2019: Dutee Chand created history when she became the first Indian to win a 100-metre gold medal at the Summer Universiade.

Chand won the gold medal in the women’s 100m sprint at the 30th Summer University Games in Naples on Tuesday, July 9, clocking a time of 11.32 seconds. No Indian had qualified for the 100m final in the history of the Universiade before.

Dutee told the Indian Express after her famous victory: “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 (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology), its founder Professor Samantaji, who has stood by me during bad days, and the people of Odisha.”

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, tweeted his congratulations: "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".

Dutee has a season best of 11.26 seconds recorded in Doha in April and a personal best of 11.24. She is a two-time Asian champion and the holder of the Indian 100m national record.

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