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Dutee Chand win historic 100-metres gold at the University Games.

Dutee Chand win historic 100-metres gold at the World University Games.
India's Dutee Chand celebrates after her second place finish in the women's 100m final during the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Dutee Chand win historic 100-metres gold at the World University Games.

Dutee Chand won the historic 100 metre gold at the world University Games in Naples, Italy. She is the first Indian to bag a gold this global event.

Dutee is only the second Indian to have won a gold at a global event. Last year, Hima Das won a gold at the world junior Championship.

Indian history in global game events hasn’t been very impressive. In recent years, only Inderjeet Singh won a gold in 2015 in shot put. In 2013 and 2017 India won one silver medal each. This year traditionally returned with a modest medal haul from the biennial World University Games.

Dutee Chand win historic 100-metres gold at the World University Games.

In an interview with the Indian Express from Naples, Dutee said, “I am happy to become the first girl ever to win gold for India in the World University Games. I dedicate this 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.”

The silver Medal, won by Ajla Del Ponte of Switzerland. She finished with a late burst of speed of 11.33 secs.

Consequently Dutee created a History by qualifying for the 100-metre finals. No Indian has ever qualified in the history of the University Games. She qualified for the finals with a path breaking time of 11.44 secs.

Dutee also said “That her immediate aim is to prepare for the Doha World Championships this year by its end. My focus will be on 100-metre race”

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