Asian Games: Dutee Chand Won Second Silver Medal 2018
Star sprinter Dutee Chand clinched her second silver medal at the Asian Games 2018 after finishing second in the women’s 200m final race on Wednesday.
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Dutee’s medal was India’s 52nd at the ongoing Games and the second on Day 11 following Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal’s table tennis bronze. India now has 9 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze medals in the competition so far.
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Dutee, who had won a silver medal in the 100m final and emerged as the second fastest woman in Asian on Sunday, clocked 23.20 seconds to cross the finish line in second place behind Odiong Edidiong of Bahrain, who clocked 22.96 seconds. Wei Yongli of China took home the bronze medal with a time of 23.27 seconds.
Dutee’s medal ended India’s 16-year wait for a medal in the women’s 200m event. Saraswati Saha was the last athlete 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).
Dutee’s silver in the 100m was also India’s second at the Games after PT Usha’s silver medal at the 1986 Asiad in Seoul.
Dutee came into the Asian Games after enduring a difficult past few years but her performance in Jakarta will keep her critics quiet for good now.
She was dropped from India’s Commonwealth Games contingent in 2014 after being rendered ineligible to compete as a female athlete due to hyperandrogenism policy of the world athletics body (IAAF), the last four years of her life have not been easy for the 22-year-old Odisha athlete.