Tokyo Olympics: Dutee Chand seals qualification for 100m and 200m race
The Tokyo Olympics begins on July 23. Meanwhile, most of the significant Indian athletes in track and field events have secured their qualifications, while top star Dutee Chand has become the latest to book her place in the 100m and 200m race events.
In what comes as another significant boost for India in the track and field event for Tokyo Olympic, top runner cum sprinter Dutee Chand has booked her place for the megaevent. She secured her place in the 100m and 200m race events on Wednesday through her world ranking quota.
Ranked 44 in 100m and 51 in 200m, Chand has comfortably secured her place in Tokyo, reports ANI. It comes despite Dutee finishing fourth during the 100m final of the 60th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships last week, which would have earned her a direct entry into the Games.
Meanwhile, Chand had also scripted a national record last week during the 100m, with a time of 11.17 seconds during the Indian Grand Prix 4, held in Patiala, while she had missed the Olympic mark by just 0.02 seconds. Furthermore, on Tuesday, Chand was recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by Odisha's Sports and Youth Services Department.
In the meantime, Hima Das failed to book her place for Tokyo. She came short of her direct qualification time by 00.08 seconds, as she finished at 22.88 seconds during the Indian GP 4. Also, her world ranking quota is not enough to grant her a place, while she also pulled her muscle, as her Tokyo stint looks doubtful for now.
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