Sprinter Dutee Chand won the 100m gold medal on Tuesday (local time) in the ongoing World University Games in Napoli. Chand won the gold medal in just 11.32 seconds. She also holds the 100m national record with 11.24 seconds.
“With years of hard work and your blessings, I have yet again broken the record by winning the Gold in the 100m dash in 11.32 seconds at The World University Games, Napoli. In the pictures, are the winners too, with a heart of Gold from Germany and Sweden. @Napoli2019_ita,” Chand tweeted.
She posted a picture of her with the gold medal and captioned it “Picked it up”. “Pull me down, I will come back stronger,” she wrote in another tweet. Chand recently made headlines as she disclosed that she’s in a same-sex relationship.
“This is my personal matter. I am sure everything will be fine in a month or two. On the international level, there are several athletes (who are in a same-sex relationship). To live, everybody needs a partner who understands your heart. We like each other so we decided to live together. She gives me motivation for my sport. My focus on sports will be intact,” she had said.
“Problem will come and go in future, nobody can take guarantee of that. But I think there won’t be any problem. If it won’t happen, I’ll be able to focus more on my training. My focus is on Olympics 2020 (to be held in Tokyo). I am training to qualify and participate in the Olympics,” she added.
After her victory President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated her on a tweet post. The tweet from the official handle of Rashtrapati Bhawan read, “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.”
Dutee Chand is the third Indian women sprinter to have ever qualified for the Summer Olympics 2016. Though she was unable to qualify for the second round in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Chand clinched the gold medal in 100m in Jakarta Asian Games 2018. That was India’s first ever gold medal in that event since 1998.