Bhubaneswar: 29/2/20: There was a sudden rise in energy and enthusiasm in the Kalinga Stadium when home girl Dutee Chand stood at the start line of the 100m finals at the Khelo India University Games in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
The 24-year-old sprinter, representing Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), raced away from the word go and took a massive lead.
With her competitors nowhere close to Dutee, the national record holder bagged gold with a timing of 11.49 seconds. The second best, Dhanalakshmi S from Mangalore University, clocked 11.99 seconds and Sneha SS from Mahatma Gandhi University clinched the bronze with a timing of 12.08 seconds.
“It was really nice to participate at the Khelo India University Games. I have won a gold medal as well. I am really happy with my result,” Dutee said after her win.
The sprinter added that she will improve her timing by 10-15 seconds in her next meet, “This is the first meet for me in 2020. So the start of the year has been good. I will improve by 10-15 seconds in the next tournament. I am feeling very fit at the moment, however, I have to improve my speed now.”