Dutee creates national record

Dutee Chand, on Thursday, created national record in the women's 100 metres in the Federation Cup National athletics championship, but narrowly missed the mark to qualify for the Olympics.

By OUR Special Correspondent
  • Published 29.04.16
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Dutee Chand with hermedal on Thursday

New Delhi: Dutee Chand, on Thursday, created national record in the women's 100 metres in the Federation Cup National athletics championship, but narrowly missed the mark to qualify for the Olympics.

Under scanner till last year after she failed a controversial gender test before being cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sports, Dutee blazed the track at the Nehru Stadium to finish in 11.33 seconds to break the previous national mark of 11.38 set by Rachita Mistry in 2000.

"Now that I have been cleared to return to the track, I could run with a relaxed and free mind," said a grinning Dutee after the race.

"I could not touch the Olympic qualifying mark this time, but should be able to do it in the next couple of opportunities. I am training hard under my coach (N Ramesh)," said the Odisha athlete.

Seasoned Bengal athlete Pinki Pramanik also made a comeback to the track participating in the 100 metres. She finished seventh.

Pinki said she would soon request the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to include her in the national camp so that she can start training in her favourite 400 metres and try to qualify for the Olympics.

Srabani Nanda, who was left high and dry due to power failure at the Indian Grand Prix first leg here, finished second behind Dutee (11.45), followed by HM Jyoti (11.46).

Another Odisha athlete, Amiya Kumar Mallick broke the national mark in the men's 100 metres semi-final by clocking 10.26 seconds.

He, however, finished fourth in the final because of a hamstring injury. Jyotisankar Debanth of Bihar won the gold medal.