Dutee Chand Clinches Another Silver At Asian Games 2018!!


Dutee Chand, 22-year-old from Gopalpur, Odisha, has won yet another Silver medal at the Asian Games. The national sprinter won the medal at the 200 meters final in Jakarta, with her medal being the 52nd one from India at the games. Thus far, the country has earned 9 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze medals.

Dutee’s performance was exemplary as she crossed the finish line in 23.20 seconds and ended up in second place, behind Odiong Edidiong of Bahrain, who clocked 22.96 seconds. Dutee, however, beat Wei Yongli of China who took home the bronze medal with a time of 23.27 seconds.

On Sunday, Dutee bagged the silver medal for the women’s 100m competition. To the uninitiated, this is Dutee’s first Asian Games considering she was suspended by the IAAF in 2014 under its hyperandrogenism policy but she filed an appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sports and won it. The 22-year-old was a little behind her record of 11.29 seconds as her run was of 11.32 seconds on Sunday.

Here’s what Dutee had to say post her win.

“I dedicate my medal to all Indians, 1st time an Indian female athlete is taking home medals in both 100m&200m, I pushed too hard in semi-finals but couldn’t push in the last 10m, by next competition I’ll be ready for gold!”

Fellow runner, Hima Das, on the other hand, was disqualified from the semi-finals due to a false start. Hima Das is known for creating a record barely a month ago. She got India its first ever track gold at a global event by winning the 400 metre final at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. Her performance at the Asian Games was still a tad better than her performance at Finland, as she had clocked in 51.46 seconds at the Ratina Stadium, Finland.

Congratulatory messages for Dutee has since been pouring in!

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