Dutee Chand returns to rousing welcome in Bhubaneswar

 

Bhubaneswar: Star sprinter Dutee Chand, who won two silver medals, one in Women’s 100-m race and another in 200-m race in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, returned to her homeland Odisha today to a rousing welcome.

After her arrival, she met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who felicitated her for winning two silver medals and presented her a cheque of Rs 3 crore as part of the cash award announced earlier.

Patnaik had announced cash awards of Rs 3 crore (Rs 1.5 crore for each medal) for her for winning silver medals the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.

This apart, Patnaik also announced that the State Government would bear the expenses for the 22-year-old athlete’s preparation for the next Olympics.

She crossed the finishing line in 23.20 seconds in 200 meters, 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 an excellent performance by the 22-year-old sprinter who was not allowed to compete in 2014-15 under the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism policy due to which she missed the 2014 Commonwealth and Asian Games.

And she clocked 11:32 seconds, a tad below her national record of 11:29 seconds to win the silver medal in 100 meters event. It was India’s first medal in 20 years in this event. Bahrain athlete Odiong Edidiong won gold in 11:30 seconds while Wei Yongli of China settled for bronze in 11:33 seconds.