Dutee Chand Becomes First Indian To Clinch Gold At The University Games

Dutee Chand is not known to shy away from a challenge as the national lever sprinter became the first Indian to clinch a gold medal in women’s 100-metre sprint at the 30th Summer University Games in Napoli, Italy. Chand clocked 11.32s in the final as she led the final race from start to end.

This marks the first time an Indian has won gold in a 100-metre race at this global event. Dutee Chand took to Twitter to celebrate her win as she posted a picture of the gold medal and said, “Pull me down, I will come back stronger”. The sprinter earlier made headlines after she opened up about her homosexuality. She is the first Indian athlete to come out and reveal that she is in a same-sex relationship. Recently, she was also featured on the cover of a leading lifestyle magazine. Chand was wearing a sports bra, a pair of shorts and a cape that had all the colours of the rainbow flag, invoking pride!

Dutee Chand has now become only the second Indian to win gold in a global event, after Hima Das who won gold in 400m in the World Junior Athletics Championship, 2018. She is also the second Indian track and field athlete to win gold in the World Universiade. In 2015, Inderjeet Singh had clinched the top spot in men’s shot put event. Chand’s historic win is celebrated nation-wide and her most popular fans, including the President and Prime Minister of India also took to Twitter to congratulate her.


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