Dutee
Dutee Chand qualifies for Rio 2016

Almaty, June 25 (IANS) India’s premier woman sprinter Dutee Chand on Saturday scripted history after qualifying in the 100 metres category for the forthcoming Rio Olympics.

In a scintillating run in the women’s 100m heats of the 26th G. Kosanov memorial meet here, Dutee clocked 11.30 seconds, thereby creating a new national record and qualifying for the Rio Games. The qualifying mark for Rio was set at 11.32 seconds.

Dutee, after her qualification, vowed to perform even better and not let anyone down in the Olympics.

“I am really happy at the moment. It has been a tough year for me and I am so happy that my coach Ramesh sir’s and my hard work has paid off,” Dutee said.

“I would like to thank all the people in India who were praying for me to qualify. Your wishes have paid off. I would like to thank Anglian medal hunt, Pullela Gopichand Academy and KIIT university for the all their support. I will not let anyone down at the Olympics”, she added.

In 2014, Dutee was pulled out from the Commonwealth Games squad and was suspended due to having a higher level of testosterone than was permissible in a woman athlete, according to the IAAF hyperandrogenism laws.

She was brave enough to fight this ban and in 2015, in a historical verdict, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) ruled in her favour thereby allowing her to compete again.

Despite this turmoil and the fact that she lost an entire year of training, that she has gone on to qualify for the Olympics speaks volumes about her fighting spirit and character.

  • SHARE
    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    Mali Overpower Iraq To Enter U-17 World Cup Quarters

    Fatorda (Goa), Oct 18 (IANS) Lassana N'Diaye struck twice as Mali thrashed Iraq 5-1 to enter the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here...

    Bengaluru Bulls Thrash UP Yoddha In PKL Tie

    Pune, Oct 17 (IANS) Rohit Kumar created history as he scored 32 raid points to help Bengaluru Bulls hammer UP Yoddha 64-24 in their penultimate...

    U-17 World Cup: England Pip Japan, Advance To Quarters

    Kolkata, Oct 17 (IANS) England Under-17 boys did what their senior team footballers could not for many years by keeping their nerves during tie-breakers to...

    Preview: Bengaluru FC Look To Sweep Aside First-Leg Loss In AFC Cup

    Bengaluru, Oct 17 (IANS) Bengaluru FC will face off against Tajikistans FC Istiklol as both sides battle for a place in the 2017 AFC Cup...

    Italy To Face Sweden In European World Cup Play-Offs

    Zurich, Oct 17 (IANS) Four-time FIFA World Cup winners Italy will face Sweden in the European 2018 World Cup playoffs, as revealed by the highly-anticipated...