Dutee hogs limelight, 2 national records shattered on Day 1 of Fed Cup
Two national records were shattered with 100m sprinter Dutee Chand hogging the limelight on the opening day of the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships in New Delhi on Thursday.other sports Updated: Apr 28, 2016 21:38 IST
Two national records were shattered with 100m sprinter Dutee Chand hogging the limelight on the opening day of the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships in New Delhi on Thursday.
Odisha athlete Dutee clocked 11.33 seconds in the women’s 100m dash to win the gold and erase Rachita Mistry’s 16-year-old earlier national record of 11.38 seconds.
Another Odisha athlete Amiya Kumar Mallick also broke the national record in men’s 100m sprint by clocking 10.26 seconds in the semifinals, thereby bettering the earlier national mark of 10:30 seconds set by Abdul Najeeb Qureshi in 2010.
Mallick, however, failed to finish at the podium in the men’s 100m race finals due to left hamstring pull.
None of the athletes, however, could qualify for the Rio Olympics on the first day of the meet. The three-day championships, the first major event of the season, also serves as a qualifying event for the Rio Games.
20-year-old Dutee, who won a landmark ‘gender case’ at the Court of Arbitration for Sports against the world athletics governing body IAAF in July last year, however, missed the Rio Olympics qualification norm of 11.32 seconds by one-hundredth of a second.
Her Odisha state-mate Srabani Nanda was second in 11.45 seconds while HM Jyothi, representing Canara Bank, was third in 11.46 seconds in the finals at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Dutee was banned from competition in 2014 under IAAF’s policy on hyperandrogenism and she filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, which she won last year to clear the decks for her return to athletics.
An elated Dutee said that all her hard work and focus despite the distractions and disappointments in the last few years have given her rich dividends.
“I could not qualify for Rio Olympics but I am not disappointed by that. I am extremely happy, the national record is mine now. It is very early in the season, it’s the first meet and I have three more months to qualify for the Rio Olympics,” Dutee said after winning the race.
“I have gotten over all those disappointments related to my case (relating to IAAF’s hyperandrogenism policy). After winning the case at the CAS, I have been focusing on my running and with the help of my personal coach (N Ramesh) and my well wishers, I could achieve this,” said Dutee who trains at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad.