New Delhi: India’s first openly homosexual athlete, Dutee Chand, has won the 100m sprint in the 30th Summer University Games in Naples, Italy, becoming the first Indian to do so.
Chand clinched the gold by completing the feat in just 11.32 seconds. She also holds the 100m national record with an impressive timing of 11.24 seconds. She is the only Indian athlete to win a gold medal in the 100m race at the global event.
Dutee, who was in news after she disclosed that she’s in a same-sex relationship, posted an inspiring tweet after her win, saying, “Pull me down, I will come back stronger!”
Pull me down, I will come back stronger! pic.twitter.com/PHO86ZrExl
— Dutee Chand (@DuteeChand) July 9, 2019
Her recent feat was applauded by the President of India and several other celebrities on the social media platform.
Calling it a moment of immense pride for the country, President Kovind said, ”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.”
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
Chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra, also congratulated Dutee calling, her win “a display of sheer physical ability and power.”
Way to go @DuteeChand ! The 100m sprint is the most exciting event in athletics. It’s a display of sheer physical ability and power. What a delight to see an Indian athlete power her way to the front, leaving all others behind…. https://t.co/7f0KQg48s6
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) July 10, 2019
Prime Minister Modi called Dutee an ”exceptional athlete” as he congratulated her on Twitter.
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
MoS Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju also lauded Dutee’s win on Twitter.
I've been passionately following since my childhood but it never came. Finally, for the first time, a gold for India! Congratulations @DuteeChand for winning the 100m sprint at the Universiade, the World University Games, in Naples🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/Rh4phsKCEI
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) July 10, 2019
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh congratulated Dutee’s “stellar performance” at the Universiade.
Stellar performance! Congratulations @DuteeChand for winning the 100m sprint at the Universiade, the World University Games, in Naples. Keep chasing your dreams & making us all proud! #DuteeChand 🥇🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/r6qktkqpAE
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) July 10, 2019
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