Bhubaneswar: India’s hopes of getting a medal in the 100 metre race at the Rio Olympics got rudely dashed when star Odia sprinter Dutee Chand failed to qualify for the semi finals in the heats on Saturday. She finished seventh clocking 11.69 seconds.
Chand’s qualifying timing for the big event was 11.24 seconds.
“It was just not my moment.. thanks for trusting n having faith.. #FlyingChand,” Dutee tweeted soon after the event.
“I am happy that I participated in the Olympics for the first time…I want to thank all who prayed for me before God,” the promising sprinter told OTV from Rio.
She continued: “My timing was not up to the mark today for which I failed to qualify…..But I was happy that I as an Odia girl participated in 100 metre event….This was my first Olympics….I am not bothered about this time but will try my best in the next time..I had less idea about the preparations and got to know about many things here.”
The sprinter’s inclusion in the Olympics is the first time an Indian sprinter has qualified since PT Usha had done so in 1984.
India’s last and only athletics medals came in 1900 when Norman Pritchard won the silver medal in 200 meter sprint and 200 meter hurdles at the Paris Olympics.