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Rio 2016 Olympics: Hopes rest on Indian Star Dutee Chand

Dutee_Chand_TH_2037271fAll eyes are now on Ace Odia sprinter Dutee Chand, who will represent India in the 100-metre sprint in the track and field events beginning today in Rio Olympics, 2016. The competition will start at 8.30 pm (IST).

Dutee is the first Indian woman to compete in the 100m Olympic event in 36 years, and the second ever Indian woman, after PT Usha competed in the 100m and 200m at the 1980 Moscow Games.

For Dutee, it is a remarkable achievement to qualify for Olympics as she had to fight her way back to an international career by winning a landmark ‘gender’ case last year.

Twenty-year old sprinter was banned mid-2014 and dropped from the Commonwealth Games as she was found to have a higher level of testosterone,  one kind of male hormone, than was permissible in a woman athlete, according to the IAAF hyperandrogenism rules.

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