Bangalore: Young Priya Mohan outpaced the experienced Dutee Chand to win the 200m gold. Priya Mohan’s victory came a day after securing the 400m title at the Khelo India University Games (KIUG) at the Kanteerva Stadium here Monday. Dutee, the 2018 Asian Games silver medallist raced out of the blocks to take the lead into the first 100m. However, the 19-year-old Mohan ran a brilliant bend to overtake and cement her stature in the event.
Mohan clocked 23.90 seconds for the gold while Chand, representing KIIT, claimed silver with a timing of 24.02 seconds. Florence Barla of Ranchi University secured the bronze with a time of 24.13s.
Despite the win, Mohan was unhappy that rain had wreaked havoc on her plans to set a personal best.
“I had prepared really hard for this and I was in peak form, but the weather wreaked havoc,” said Mohan, who represented hosts Jain University.
“I was hoping to do a 51 seconds in the 400m. This is a great track, my home track, I had called all my friends, but, well, sometimes things don’t go your way. I’ll be travelling to Europe now to try and qualify for the Senior Worlds, and improve my timing. This is a good start, gives me confidence…” added Mohan.
A majority of the day’s action was at the athletics venue, while the men and women kabaddi and the men football finals are scheduled for Tuesday.