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Dutee chand

Dutee chand

 

EARLY LIFE

 

  • Chand was born on 3 February 1996 to Chakradhar Chand and Akhuji Chand in the Jajpur district of Odisha.
  • She is from a below poverty line weavers family. Her source of inspiration is her older sister Saraswati Chand, who competed in running at a state level.
CHAND

 

  • In 2012, Dutee chand became a national champion in the under- 80 category, when she clocked 11.2 seconds in the 100 metres event.
  • Clocking 23.811 seconds, Chand won the bronze in the Women’s 200 metres event at the 2013 Asian Athletics Championships at Pune.
  • In the same year, she became the national champion in 100 metres and 200 metres when she won the events clocking 11.73 s in the final in 100 metres and a career-best 23.73 s in 200 metres at the National Senior Athletics Championships at Ranchi.
TROUBLE

 

  • In June 2014, she won two gold medals at Asian Junior Athletics Championships in 200 metres and 4x400m relays.
  • Chand was dropped from the 2014 Commonwealth Games contingent at the last minute after the Athletic Federation of India stated that hyperandrogenism made her ineligible to compete as a female athlete.
  • Following Commonwealth Games she was also dropped from the Indian contingent for the 2014 Asian Games.
RETURN

 

  • Chand appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The IAAF policy on hyperandrogenism, or high natural levels of testosterone in women, was suspended.
  • As soon as the hyperandrogenism rule changed, she started taking part in track competitions and participated at the 2016 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in 60 metres where in the qualification round she set the Indian national record clocking in at 7.28 secs and went on to win the bronze medal in the final, clocking a time of 7.37 secs.
RETURN

 

  • At Rio 2016 Olympics, she became the third Indian woman to participate for the Women’s 100 metres, though she did not move beyond the heats, where she clocked 11.69 seconds.
  • Despite being the first woman to represent India in the Olympics sprint event in 36 years, Dutee was made to feel isolated due to her condition of hyperandrogenism.
  • In 2017, at the Asian Athletics Championships she clinched two bronze medals, one in the Women’s 100 metres another in the Women’s 4×100m.
RETURN

 

  • At the 2018 Asian Games, in the Women’s 100 metres finals, Chand won the silver medal, her first Asian games medal, clocking 11.32 sec on 26 August.
  • Again on 29 August, she bagged her second silver at the Asian games in the Women’s 200 metres final.
  • At the 2019 Summer Universiade in Napoli, Chand won gold in the 100m race, becoming the first Indian woman sprinter to win gold at the Universiade. She finished the sprint in 11.32 seconds.