Dutee Chand’s story is not the usual rags to riches journey- her’s is a story of discrimination and gender scrutiny. It speaks of the willpower and determination of a woman, fighting against the bigoted mindset that plagues our society. After missing the ticket to the 2014 Commonwealth Games for failing gender tests, Dutee showed that she’s not fragile, on the contrary she is Eve’s resilient daughter who can forswear adversities and move ahead in her chosen path.
Hark! for Dutee Chand has arrived- again. And this time, she’s here to stay. On the 11th day of the ongoing 2015 National Games, she struck gold in the 100m event. Sports Rediscovered brings you, the full report of the event, along with a look into some of the other good performances.
In the men’s discus throw finals, Services’ Dharamraj Yadav threw the disc 57.44 m away to get his hands on the gold medal. Arun added a silver medal to Haryana’s kitty with his 56.85 m throw. Punjab’s Baljinder Singh took bronze with a throw of 52.40m.
The hosts ruled in long jump today, with twin medals in the event. Neena Varkil clinched the gold medal with a leap of 6.39 m, followed by Prajusha Antony attaining silver (6.25 m) and Punjab’s Bhomika Thakur with a bronze medal. In the pole vault event, Tamil Nadu’s Surekha Suresh Babu took gold (4 m). Dija Chandran and Sinju Prakash took silver and bronze respectively.
In the 100m event, Haryana’s Dharambir took gold, clocking 10.46m. Odisha’s Amiya Malick took silver (10.64m) and Maharashtra’s Krishnakumar Rane took bronze (10.65m).
Dutee Chand Races Past Critics
The person who impressed the most was a 19-year-old girl from Odisha. Dutee Chand shut the mouths of all critics with a gold-clinching performance in the 100m finals of National Games Dutee, who’d come under the public glare for failing a gender test prior to the Commonwealth Games, took the track by storm today. She stopped the clocks at 11.76 seconds to win a gold medal. Kerala’s Santhini Vallikkad took silver, covering the distance in 11.84 seconds. Maharashtra’s Reshmi Sheregar took bronze ( 11.87 seconds).
Other Athletics Events
In the 400m event for men, Services’ Arokia Rajeev took gold, clocking 46.40 seconds. Haryana’s Lalit Mathur took silver ( 47.04 seconds). West Bengal’s Chandan Bauri took bronze ( 47.41 seconds).
UP’s Suman Devi clinched gold in javelin throw. Her compatriot Annu Rani took silver and Punjab’s Rupinder Kaur took bronze on the eleventh day of the National Games.
Host Kerala Continues To Impress
The host again took two medals in the 400m women’s finals, with Anilda Thomas emerging on top by clocking 52.71 seconds. Anu Raghavan took silver for Kerala (54.38 seconds).Haryana’s Nirmala took bronze (55.19 seconds).
The 1500m final saw Uttarakhand’s Ravinder Rautela cover the distance in 3:51.96 seconds. Kerala’s Sajeesh Prakash took silver. Haryana’s Sandeep took bronze.
Punjab beat Haryana 3-1 in the women’s finals today. Jharkhand took the bronze by beating Odisha 2-0.
In the men’s finals, Services SCB demolished Odisha, beating them by a margin of 5 goals (7-2). In the playoffs, Haryana prevailed over Jharkhand by one goal in another high scoring game (7-6).
As the final day comes closer, Services SCB still continue their reign over the medals table, leading with 68 gold medals, while Haryana finally breaks past Maharashtra to take the second place (30 gold medals). However, Maharashtra follows closely with 27 gold.
Medals Table After National Games Day 11
* as per data given in the official site (as on 11th Feb, 2015)