Star sprinter Dutee Chand clinched her second silver medal at the Asian Games 2018 after finishing second in the women’s 200m final race on Wednesday.Dutee’s medal was India’s 52nd at the ongoing Games and the second on Day 11 following Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal’s table tennis bronze. India now have 9 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze medals in the competition so far.Dutee, who had won a silver medal in the 100m final and emerged as the second fastest woman in Asian on Sunday, clocked 23.20 seconds to cross the finish line in second place behind Odiong Edidiong of Bahrain, who clocked 22.96 seconds. Wei Yongli of China took home the bronze medal with a time of 23.27 seconds.Dutee’s medal ended India’s 16-year wait for a medal in the women’s 200m event. Saraswati Saha was the last athlete to win a medal (gold) in the event back in 2002. Overall, Dutee is the fifth female athlete to win a medal in the event after Mary D’Souza (bronze in 1951), Stephie D’Souza (silver in 1958) and PT Usha (silver in 1982, gold in 1986).Dutee’s silver in the 100m was also India’s second at the Games after PT Usha’s silver medal at the 1986 Asiad in Seoul.Dutee came into the Asian Games after enduring a difficult past few years but her performance in Jakarta will keep her critics quiet for good now.She was dropped from India’s Commonwealth Games contingent in 2014 after being rendered ineligible to compete as a female athlete due to hyperandrogenism policy of the world athletics body (IAAF), the last four years of her life have not been easy for the 22-year-old Odisha athlete.advertisementBut she got the suspension overturned in the Court of Arbitration for sports in January this year, which allowed her to participate in international 100m and 200m events. Dutee however, was unceremoniously dropped from the squad for the CWG this year in Gold Coast.But Dutee has slowly but steadily fought her way back in the sport and is once again proving her talent on the track to the world.After her silver medal performance in the 100m final at this Asiad, Dutee put in another strong show in the 200m semi-finals on Tuesday in which she finished on top with a personal best time of 23:00 seconds, which was faster than her qualification round timing.Dutee was in third position in the beginning but made up in the last 50m stretch to edge out Edidiong Odiong (23.01) and Lingwei Kong (23.32).Dutee’s compatriot Hima Das on the other hand, was disqualified from the semi-finals due to a false start. Dutee meanwhile, was faster than Hima in the qualifying, clocking 23.37, compared to 23.47 of the latter.In the National Inter-State Championships in June, Hima had won the 200m gold in 23.10 ahead of Dutee, who had clocked 23.41.
Under-16 top seed Bhakti Parwani’s title hopes were given a fatal blow on Thursday after she was handed a surprise exit by 12th seed Vipasha Mehra 6-0, 0-6, 4-6 in the quarter-finals of the National Juniors Open at the DLTA, here.The fourth day of the tournament – which saw last-eight actions in singles – saw another shocker in boys’ under-16, second-seed Sushant Dabbas lost out to ninth-seed Denim Yadav 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 despite taking a big 4-0 lead in the decisive set.In the first upset, Bhakti started her game on top gear as she took the first set without breaking a sweat 6-0. The Gujarati girl’s ease at finding winners in the first set suggested this is going to be a cakewalk for Bhakti into semi-finals.However, Vipasha came with a different game plan and started to engage in long rallies with her compatriot. The plan was on the spot as the game took a 360-degree turn in the second set as the 16-year-old Tamil Nadu girl broke Bhakti’s serve early in the first set. The Southpaw took control of the game from there on and went on to win 10 games on the trot that included 6-0 win of the second set and a massive 4-0 lead in the final set.With her back against the wall, Bhakti finally pulled up her socks and won her first game on her serve to make it 4-1. The point seemed to give her a major boost as she broke Vipasha in the next game and soon the match went down to the wire at 5-4. But Vipasha managed to hold her nerve and served well in the final game to clinch the match.advertisement”She didn’t let me get comfortable in the first set and it was over before I could realise it,” said Vipasha, who trains at AKTA in Pune. “But I told myself that the match is not over until we shake hands and I decided to focus on my game more than what she was doing. Breaking her early in the second set gave me the much-needed confidence.”Moments before the upset, Denim also sprung a surprise defeat on one of the tournament favourites Sushant. The tie seemed evenly matched as both served well to keep the score at 3-3. But Denim, whose forehand and shot angles was creating issues for his rival, broke Sushant’s serve and maintained his serve to take the first set 6-3.Being threatened, Sushant came back strongly in the second set and played some strong forehand and backhand strokes to win second set 6-2. The 15-year-old southpaw was cruising in the final set with a 4-0 lead but gave away the match as Denim broke him thrice to take the game.In other matches, Divesh Gahlot (1) overcame an early threat by Naresh Badgujar after losing the first set by convincingly winning remaining two sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.Tournament favourite in boys under-14, Udit Gogoi consolidated his dominance with a comfortable win of 7-5, 6-0, while the third seed Aman Dahiya too notched up a straight-set win over Deep Munin 6-2, 6-2.In girls’ under-14, Vaishnavi Adkar (1) was made to sweat in the first set my Renne Singla but overcame his compatriot 7-6 (3), 6-4. While second seed Renne Singh hardly broke any sweat to beat Suhita Mururi 6-2, 6-2.