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Rio Olympics 2016: Sprinter Dharambir Singh qualifies in men's 200m category

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Dharambir Singh bagged gold at the Inter-State Athletics Meet in his category last year

The Indian athletics contingent has been on a roll at the ongoing Indian Grand Prix presented by Shriram Properties Bengaluru Marathon at Sree Kanteerva Stadium, Bangalore.

After the men's 4*400m relay team securing their 4*400m relay qualification yesterday, 200m sprinter Dharambir Singh clocked 20.45s to finish on the top of the podium at the 4th Indian Grand Prix. The Rio Olympic qualification mark in this category was 20.50s.

The 27-year-old from Haryana used to sow seeds for his training expenses before a series of good performances improved his financial condition. He clocked 21.34s at the 2015 National Inter-State Athletic Championship in Kerala to bag the gold medal.

Dharambir bettered his own national record of 20:66 at the 2015 Asian Athletics Championships, Wuhan, China last year where he broke a 15-year-old national record. More than 30 athletes have qualified for the Summer Olympic Games in athletics.

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