Jakarta 29, 2018 : Dutee Chand added another medal to her kitty at the Asian Games 2018 as the 22-year old claimed silver in the Women’s 200m race with a timing of 23.20 seconds on Wednesday.
Dutee, who won a silver in women’s 100m, stormed into the final by winning the semifinal in personal best time of 23:00 seconds, which was faster than her qualification round timing.
She crossed the finishing line in 23.20 seconds, 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 outstanding show by the 22-year-old Odisha 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. She fought and won a case against this policy at the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
In a recent revision of the hyperandrogenism policy of the IAAF, Dutee has been left out of its purview.
Legendary Usha had swept four gold medals at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games, winning 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay. Jyotirmoyee Sikdar, (800m 1500m) had also won two medals at the at 1998 Bangkok Games.
Sunita Rani (1500m, 5000m ) also returned with two medals from the 2002 Busan Games.
Chand missed the gold by just 0.02 seconds in a photo finish, clocking 11.32. The last time an Indian won a 100m medal at the Asian Games was in 1998 when Rachita Mistry won bronze.
The last time India won a silver in 100m was in 1986 when PT Usha finished second in Seoul (even the great Usha could not clinch an Asian gold).