Dutee Chand, 20: Dutee Chand, who belongs to a weavers family in the village of Chaka Gopalpur in Odisha, has etched her name as one of the most fastest woman sprinters the country has ever produced. She started off as an athlete at a very young age and soon became part of junior championships, winning medals and being lauded by the country’s finest. Dutee’s name was included in the winners list of under-18 category at the National Championships, back in 2012. She ran the 100 metres sprint event at exactly 11.8 seconds to seal her name in the record books. She also went on to win a gold medal at the Asian Championships in Pune after she closed 23.811 seconds in the 200 metres event. She had won two gold medals at the Asian junior athletics championship in Taiwan. She also became the first Indian to reach the final of a global athletics 100 meters final, when she reached the final in the 2013 World Youth Championships. Though her performance spoke volumes of her determination and hard work, she never could disassociate herself from controversies. She dealt with “hyperandrogenism — excessive”, a naturally occurring testosterone in the women’s category, which debarred her from making it into the Commonwealth Game in Glasgow. She was handed an indefinite ban from competing under the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) guidelines which got her name out of the team books. But she has come a long way since and looks prepared to take up the challenge to her opponents at the highest level.
Event- Women’s 100m sprint
Qualifying event – G Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty
Event Date- August 12
Record- She won the bronze in the 200 metres event at the Asian Championships in Pune.
Career Highlights – She is the first Indian to reach the final of a global athletics 100 meters final in the 2013 World Youth Championships.