04 February 2020
Bhubaneswar: India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand got recognition for her talents after getting nominated for the inaugural BBC Sportswoman of the Year Award.
Apart from the ace sprinter, para-badminton player Manasi Joshi, star wrestler Vinesh Phogat, badminton queen PV Sindhu and boxing great MC Mary Kom will compete for the coveted award, the winner of which will be announced on March 8.
The winner will be decided based on public voting, which will be open till February 18 on six BBC vernacular websites.
Dutee had won a 100m silver at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games. It was India's first medal in this event since 1998. In 2019, she became the first Indian sprinter to win gold at the Universiade, clocking 11.32 seconds in the 100m race. And hence became the fastest woman sprinter in India. Last year, she also became the first Indian sports star to open about being in a same-sex relationship.
Coming to her competitions, Manasi became a world champion after winning gold at the para world championship while Mary Kom is the only Indian boxer to win eight world medals, including six gold medals.
Vinesh had won a bronze at the 2019 World Championship in Nur Sultan to secure a quota for the Tokyo Olympics while Sindhu became the first Indian shuttler to become world champion last year.