Once again Odisha rise & shines with Dutee Chand In Asian Games 2018. Odisha athlete Dutee Chand bagged her second silver medal subsequent to completing second in the women’s 200m final race on Wednesday.
She crossed the finishing line in 23.20 seconds, behind Bahrain’s Edidiong Odiong who clinched the gold in 22.96. The bronze went to China’s Wei Yongli (23.27).
It has been a breathtaking performance by the 22-year-old Odisha sprinter who was not allowed to permitted to contend in 2014-15 under the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism policy due to which she missed the 2014 Commonwealth and Asian Games. She battled and won a case against this approach at the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
Dutee’s silver in the 100m was India’s second at the Games after PT Usha’s silver medal at the 1986 Asiad in Seoul.
After her performace in Asian Games Prime Minister Narendra Modi & President Ramnath Kovind, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore hails her spirit and congratulated her on tweeter.
Great performance by our athletes! Congratulations @ArpinderSingh18 for winning the Gold in the Men’s Triple Jump event and sprinter Dutee Chand for clinching Sliver in the Women’s 200m event at the @asiangames2018. Keep it up. You do us proud! #PresidentKovind pic.twitter.com/aF6tdAuknr
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 29, 2018
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2018
What a race by our sprinter Dutee Chand! In an absolutely sensational performance she has won a SILVER medal in Women’s 200 m with a finish time of 23.20 sec. This is her second medal at #AsianGames2018. TAKE A BOW! #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/jG32uW86vo
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 29, 2018
Dutee’s medal ended India’s 16-year wait for a medal in the women’s 200m event. Saraswati Saha was the last athelete to win a medal (gold) in the event back in 2002. Overall, Dutee is the fifth female athlete to win a medal in the event after Mary D’Souza (bronze in 1951), Stephie D’Souza (silver in 1958) and PT Usha (silver in 1982, gold in 1986).