Bhubaneswar: Ace sprinter from Odisha Dutee Chand won a gold medal in the 100-metre sprint at the 30th World University Games in Napoli, Italy on Tuesday, becoming the first Indian to do so.
Dutee on Monday had qualified for the final after clocking 11.41 seconds in the semi-final event. In the final, she bettered her performance and won the gold with a timing of 11.32 seconds.
Notably, Dutee is the only athlete from Odisha who has found a place in the national team for the World University Games.
“Pull me down, I will come back stronger! “, Dutee posted this message on Twitter soon after winning the gold.
Meanwhile, the President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan have congratulated Dutee for her stupendous performance.
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 #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 10, 2019
Exceptional achievement of an exceptional athlete!
Congratulations @DuteeChand for winning a hard earned and well deserved Gold in the Women’s 100 m finals.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 10, 2019
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) July 10, 2019
Congratulations to sprint queen @DuteeChand for a stunning performance at the #universiade2019 in Naples. Clinching Gold in the women’s 100m sprint at the World University Games, she has yet again made India and Odisha proud with her heroics. https://t.co/EQ8GiMhhf1
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) July 10, 2019