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Odisha announces Rs 1.5 crore cash prize for Dutee Chand; sprinter not happy

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today announced cash prize of Rs 1.5 crore for Odia sprinter Dutee Chand for winning Silver medal in women’s 100m dash at the 18th Asian Games.

The cash prize was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

However, Chand is not happy over such amount of cash prize. “I thank the Chief Minister for the prize. I am not happy on such amount. I would be grateful if a plot or a house in Bhubaneswar is given to me. The medal winners of other States are getting more prizes”, she said.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed pleasure and congratulated the ace  sprinter.

“Seems like a great run for our runners in the #AsianGames2018.  The phenomenally talented Dutee Chand wins a Silver in the Women’s 100 m event. Well done!, Modi tweeted.

Similarly CM Naveen Patnaik termed her success as proud moment for the country. “Congratulate #DuteeChand on sprinting to glory with a Silver in 100m sprint at #AsianGames2018. You have made the nation proud and #Odisha could not have been prouder! Best wishes,” Patnaik tweeted.

Union Sports Minister and star shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also greeted and extended best wishes to the sprinting sensation, who brought first medal for the country in 20 years in this event in Indonesia.

“What a day for India in athletics! In a Magnificent run, India’s Dutee Chand won SILVER medal in Women’s 100 m with a timing of 11.32sec. KUDOS to you Champion,” Rathore stated in a tweet.

Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted “Splendid performances by India’s daughters in athletics today. Heartiest Congratulations to @DuteeChand for bagging silver in the women’s 100m dash. The medal is even more special as this is the first medal in 100m race by an Indian female since 1986 at #AsianGames,”

Running in lane number 7, Chand clocked 11.32 seconds, a tad below her national record of 11.29 seconds. Odiong Edidiong of Bahrain won the gold in 11.30 while Wei Yongli of China took the bronze in 11.33 in a close finish. The 22-year-old from Odisha was taking part in her first Asian Games. She was suspended by the IAAF in 2014 under its hyperandrogenism policy but she filed an appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sports and won it.

Recently, under a revised rule of the IAAF, Dutee was left outside the purview of the hyperandrogenism policy which gave her liberty to pursue her career. India’s last medal in this event was the bronze won by Rachita Mistry in 1998 Asian Games.

Dutee, for long haunted by the gender dispute case that she eventually won, dug her heels for a silver in the women’s 100m in a remarkable photo-finish.

Earlier, Hima Das shone the brightest with a brand new record to her name and Muhammed Anas did enough to hold on to his status of a regional force on a jinx-breaking day for India at the Asian Games.

It was a day when India counted the silvers, a total of five, even though there was no gold in the tally. The country took the ninth spot in the overall standings with 36 to its credit, including seven gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze medals.

The 18-year-old Hima shattered the 400m national record for a second time in two days for her silver while Anas grabbed the second place in the same event for men today. Dutee, for long haunted by the gender dispute case that she eventually won, dug her heels for a silver in the women’s 100m in a remarkable photo-finish.

The silver medals from Hima and Anas were on expected lines as the gold winners in their respective events were outright pre-race favourites. Hima clocked 50.59 seconds to win the silver, while Asian champion Anas clocked 45.69 seconds in his 400m final.

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