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Dutee Chand qualifies for 100m in Rio Olympics

Dutee Chand broke the women’s 100m National record twice in a day as she stunningly brought it down to 11.24s and qualified for the Rio Olympics at the Kosanov memorial athletics meet here on Saturday.

Dutee had run 11.30 secs in heats in the morning, which was better than the Olympics entry standard of 11.32, and in the evening, without any pressure, she was a lot faster in the final where she finished second.

Kazakhstan’s Viktoriya Zyabkina, a semifinalist at the Beijing World’s last year, won in a personal best 11.15s.

Dutee now holds the four fastest times by an Indian woman, all clocked this year, in the event.

In other events, the Indian men’s 4x100m relay team took the top place in 39.86s while the women’s relay team was second in 44.10s.

And in women’s triple jump, N.V. Sheena produced her personal best while finishing fifth with 13.59m.

Shocker

There was disappointment at the Polish National championship in Bydgoszcz where K.T. Irfan, who had finished 10th in the London Olympics, and women’s national record holder Khushbir Kaur failing to finish the event.

Sandeep Kumar finished sixth in 1:29.14s but surprisingly, three Indian men — Manish Singh, Devender Singh, K. Ganapathi — and Sapna in the women’s section did not start.

The team’s Russian coach Alexander Artsybashev had a change of plan,” said one source.

Siddhanth’s wait continues

Things were not very bright for Siddhanth Thingalaya, the men’s 110m hurdles National record holder at Aarhus in Denmark, though he won the event.

Siddhanth, who has a personal best of 13.54s, clocked 13.69s at the Aarhus Nordic Challenge and once again missed the Rio entry standard of 13.47s.

IANS adds...

Dutee, after her qualification, vowed to perform even better and not let anyone down in the Olympics.

“I am really happy at the moment. It has been a tough year for me and I am so happy that my coach Ramesh sir’s and my hard work has paid off,” Dutee said.

“I would like to thank all the people in India who were praying for me to qualify. Your wishes have paid off. I would like to thank Anglian medal hunt, Pullela Gopichand Academy and KIIT university for the all their support. I will not let anyone down at the Olympics”, she added.

In 2014, Dutee was pulled out from the Commonwealth Games squad and was suspended due to having a higher level of testosterone than was permissible in a woman athlete, according to the IAAF hyperandrogenism laws.

She was brave enough to fight this ban and in 2015, in a historical verdict, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) ruled in her favour thereby allowing her to compete again.

Despite this turmoil and the fact that she lost an entire year of training, that she has gone on to qualify for the Olympics speaks volumes of her fighting spirit and character.

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