Running at No. 4, Dutee was the first of eight athletes to blast off the starting blocks at the World University Games.
India’s fastest sprinter clocked 11.32 seconds to win the race. This is India’s first gold medal in a 100 metres race at this edition of the athletic meet. With her latest feat, she has become the second Indian sprinter to win gold in a global event after Hima Das, who won the 400 Metres in the World Junior Athletics Championship last year.
Dutee free! The sprint for gold goes to Dutee Chand (IND) in the Women's 100m Sprint. 🏃♀🏃♂ #Napoli2019 #ToBeUnique #Universiade— FISU (@FISU) July 9, 2019
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The 23-year-old Dutee, who recently opened up about her same sex-relationship, posted a picture of her medals on social media @DuteeChand 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
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in praising her while sending warm greetings.
The President in a message said it’s “a moment of immense pride for our country”.
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
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated her calling her “well-deserving and an exceptional athlete of India”.
Exceptional achievement of an exceptional athlete!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 10, 2019
Congratulations @DuteeChand for winning a hard earned and well deserved Gold in the Women’s 100 m finals.
You make India proud! #Universiade @FISU https://t.co/LVSkbsPZOP
India’s Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also greeted her.
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
Business tycoon Anand Mahindra and others joined the leaders to congratulate Dutee on her great success.
a girl from a poverty-stricken family, a girl who fight against hyperandrogenism rule and society's dogmatic rules about sexuality and love---once again made India proud...🥇🏆🏃♀️👍✌️@DuteeChand #DuteeChand #Naples pic.twitter.com/cw162vwtWr— Yogendra sharma (@yogiiitr) July 10, 2019
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
Congratulations @DuteeChand - India Is Proud of you - generations have waited for this Gold in 100 mtr - Thanks for finally bringing this to India 🙏— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) July 10, 2019
Dutee was recently featured on a coveted Indian magazine cover. She is on the latest magazine cover of Cosmopolitan India and the magazine has refers to her as “India’s shining star" and "India's first openly gay athlete.”
Dutee is one of the first, of a few athletes in the world, to openly admit a same-sex relationship. She said that her family is not fully supportive of her lifestyle, but she hopes to find acceptance soon. "What I am doing is not wrong, nor is it a crime," she said in her interview for the magazine.
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Ace sprinter @duteechand is the digital cover star of our July 2019 issue. Recently, she became the first Indian sportsperson to openly declare that she’s in a same-sex relationship. In an exclusive interview with Cosmo India, Dutee opens up about her journey as an athlete, her coming-out story, and more. Issue on stands now. ✨ Editor: Nandini Bhalla (@nandinibhalla) Fashion Stylist: Zunaili Malik (@zunailimalik) Photographer: Sushant Chhabria (@sushantchhabria) Hair & Makeup: Maniasha at Faze Management (@bymaniasha) Interview: Sreeparna Mazumder (@sreeparna.mazumder) Dutee is wearing sports bra: Superdry Sports (@superdryindia); shorts, Fila (@filaindia); cape: Namrata Joshipura (@namratajoshipura) . . . . . . #DuteeChand #OnlyInCosmo #CosmoIndia #lgbtq #pride #loveislove