Odisha’s sprinter Dutee Chand won ‘gold medal’ in the 100 metre race of the 55th National Open Athletic Championship at Kolkata SAI complex today.
Another sprinter of Odisha Srabani Nanda has bagged ‘silver medal’.
Slow off the blocks, the sprinter from Odisha came into her elements midway into the 100m lane, edging past her state and teammate Srabani Nanda just before the finish line with a time of 11.68 seconds, not very far from her personal best of 11.62.
“I feel really relieved. I have been training really hard, three times a day. He has done a lot for me when I was in a crisis situation. I also thank KIIT University and Odisha Olympic Association who have stood beside me in this ordeal,” Dutee said dedicating the win to sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
The Railways sprinter, who had won 100m and 200m double in National Open Athletics Ranchi 2013, was banned since last summer after failing a hormone test.
But the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in its July verdict, suspended the ‘hyperandrogenism’ rules, which will be scrapped if IAAF cannot provide new evidence.