Dutee Chand first Indian woman athlete to qualify for 100m dash in Olympics in 36 years

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New Delhi | Updated: July 29, 2016 12:04:05 PM

Dutee Chand qualified for Rio Olympics in the women’s 100m event after meeting the qualification mark at XXVI International Meeting G.Kosanov Memorial in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Saturday

Dutee ChandRenowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture to congratulate Athlete Dutee chand for qualifying Olympics with message “All the best for Rio Olympics 2016” at Puri beach in Odisha on Saturday. (PTI)

Dutee Chand qualified for Rio Olympics in the women’s 100m event after meeting the qualification mark at XXVI International Meeting G.Kosanov Memorial in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Saturday. Dutee clocked 11.30 seconds and also broke her own national record of 11.33secs, set at the recent Federation Cup, in the process.

The qualifying mark for the Rio Olympics was set at 11.32 seconds.

Dutee Chand has gone ahead to become the first Indian woman to qualify for the event since qualification started for the event.

The legendary PT Usha had qualified for the event in 1980 Olympics.

Congratulating Dutee on her success, Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted, “Congratulations Dutee Chand for qualifying for 100m dash in Rio Olympics. We are Proud of you!”

“Dutee Chand is the 1st Indian female athlete to qualify for 100m dash in Olympics in 36 yrs. Wishing her luck for Rio Olympics”,  Harsimrat Kaur added.

Chand, who hails from Gopalpur, in the Jajpur district of Odisha, is one of four daughters born to the poor weaver couple. Her source of inspiration comes from her elder sister Saraswati Chand, who was an athlete herself.

In 2012, Dutee Chand became a national champion in the under-18 category when she clocked 11.8 seconds in the 100 meters event. Clocking 23.811 seconds, Chand won the bronze in the 200 metres event at the Asian Championships in Pune.

That year also saw her become the first Indian to reach the final of a global athletics 100 meters final, when she reached the final in the 2013 World Youth Championships.

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