Indian women sprinter Dutee Chand qualified for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in the women’s 100m event after meeting the qualification mark at XXVI International Meeting G.Kosanov Memorial in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Saturday.
With this she became the second Indian women to be ever qualified for the Women’s 100 metres event, with PT Usha having qualified for the event in 1980 Summer Olympics.
Dutee clocked 11.30s in the 100m heats at the memorial tournament better than the Rio Olympics qualification mark of 11.32 secs.
She did not stop there, in the finals, she better her record finishing the 100m race in a stunning 11.24s and winning a silver medal at the event.
Dutee Chand has became the 99th Indian sportsperson to secure a berth for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She now joins the likes of O.P Jaisha and Lalita Babar in the women track and field event.
“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 after qualification. “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.”
At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Jamica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the Gold medal in women’s 100m event with a timing of 10.75.
Dutee Chand has to work a lot harder to bring her time to below 11sec bracket to perform well at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Dutee Chand Profile / Wiki :
Born on 3rd February 1996, Dutee Chand is an Indian professional sprinter.
Hailing from Gopalpur, Odisha this 20 year-old is the current national champion in women’s 100 metres event.
She is currently being supported by the Anglian Medal Hunt Company, a foundation that supports Indian athletes