A day after storming to 100m dash gold, star sprinter Dutee Chand completed the double, winning the 200m dash as well at the ongoing Khelo India University Games on Sunday. Also Read - Dutee Chand Worried About Tokyo Olympics 2020 Qualification as COVID-19 Shuts Door on European Competition
Chand won the gold medal with a timing of 23.66 seconds ahead of Kirti Vijay Bhoite of the University of Mumbai who took home the silver clocking 24.98 seconds. Also Read - Despite Seriousness of Coronavirus, Indian Athletes Hopeful of Tokyo Olympics Taking Place
Deepali Mahapatra of Utkal University won the bronze with a timing of 25.19 seconds. Also Read - Khelo India University Games: Panjab University Take The Crown in Inaugural Edition
This is Chand’s second gold medal of the Khel India Games which are being held in Odisha.
Explaining the different strategies required for 100m and 200m races, Chand said, “It feels very good to win the 200m gold. In 100m, it’s difficult to gauge when to run in full throttle and when to relax a little bit, but in 200m, it’s easier to understand when to run in full speed and when to ease out. However, a runner has to exert much more in a 200m race.”
Chand, who hails from Odisha, praised the organisation of the Khelo India Games comparing its facilities to that of Asian Games. “The Khelo India University Games has been a good tournament for our state – Odisha. It was organised like an Asian Games, where the athletes were provided with accommodation, food and training facilities. The schedule of all events was strictly followed and the athletes were given ample rest as well. So, the competition was conducted very well and I would like to thank the Indian government and state government for organising the event,” the 24-year-old said.
Chand though suggested increasing the frequency of such competitions which will only help the athletes. “I think there should be two competitions per month in India. The more competitions take place, the better we will do. Only training will not help, one needs to keep taking part in tournaments as well,” she said.