Dutee bags second medal, wins 200m silver

Dutee Chand added one more silver to her Asian Games medal tally with a finish of 23.20 secs in the Women’s 200m final behind Bahrain’s Edidiong Odiong who won the gold medal with a 22.96 secs finish.

Dutee finished at 23.20 secs in the Women’s 200m final while Bahrain’s Edidiong Odiong won the gold with a 22.96 secs finish.   -  AP

Dutee Chand on Wednesday joined her illustrious compatriots such as P.T. Usha in the list of athletes who have won more than one medal at the Asian Games as she added a silver to her kitty after finishing second earlier in the women’s 100m dash here today.

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 recognition to Dutee Chand's success at the Asian Games in Jakarta, awards and accolades are flowing in for the sprinter. She won silver medals in the 100m and 200m athletics events.

The Odisha Athletics Association has announced a cash award of Rs 50,000 and the Odisha Olympic Association will also be handing out to her Rs 50,000.

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.

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