Rio Olympics 2016: Dutee Chand becomes the 99th Indian to qualify
The weekend starts off with some incredible news coming in from Kazakhstan – “Sprint Queen” Dutee Chand clocked 11.30 seconds in Women’s 100 metres to seal her place in the upcoming Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, this year.
With her latest timing, the 20-year-old athlete from Jajpur district in Odisha has finally succeeded in clearing the current Olympic qualification mark of 11.32 by a couple of hundredths of a second.
It should be noted that she had missed the same by a whisker with a timing of 11.33 seconds at the Federation Cup National Athletics meet held in New Delhi in the last week of April. Despite breaking previous holder Rachita Mistry's 16-year-old standing national record in the April event, she couldn't earn an Olympic quota before today.
Having bettered her own national record now and in the process becoming the 99th Indian to head for Rio Olympics 2016, Dutee will look to maintain the remarkable upward curve that her highly eventful sporting career has seen over the past twelve months.
"Sprint Queen" Dutee Chand clocks 11:30 seconds in women's 100m, qualifies for #Rio2016. Proud!— Shuvro Ghoshal (@shuvro_addict) June 25, 2016