October 17, 2019 | 4:49 PM IST
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Dutee Chand creates history, clinches gold in 100-mtr at Naples; PM extends wishes

Sprinter Dutee Chand made history when she won gold in women’s 100-metre sprint at the 30th Summer University Games in Naples, Italy on Tuesday. This is for the first time that India has won a 100-meter gold at a global event and India’s first gold medal at this edition of the meet. She is, however, the second after sprinter Hima Das to win gold at a global event. Das won gold in the World Junior Athletics Championship in 2018.

India’s first openly gay athlete, Dutee clocked 11.32 seconds and while celebrating her victory said, “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 Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, 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.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tweeted his wishes saying, “Exceptional achievement of an exceptional athlete! Congratulatons @DuteeChand for winning a heard earned and well deserved Gold in the Women’s 100 m finals. You make India proud.”

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