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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

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  • The women's relay team failed to place itself inside the Olympic qualifying bracket despite the record effort of its own.

Ace sprinter Dutee Chand shattered a national record in the women's 100m event on Monday. She broke her own National record by clocking 11.17 seconds in the 100-meter heats at National Athletics Grand Prix in Patiala. However, the Olympic Qualification time in this event is 11.15s. 

The previous record was 11.21 seconds, also created by Dutee.

The quartet of Dutee Chand, Hima Das, S Dhanalakshmi and Archana Suseendran clocked 43.37 seconds to win the race ahead of India 'B' team (48.02 seconds) and Maldives (50.74) in the three team race.

The Indian team bettered the previous record of 43.42 seconds set in 2016 in Almaty by the quartet of Merlin K Joseph, H M Jyothi, Srabani Nanda and Dutee.

The women's relay team, however, failed to place itself inside the Olympic qualifying bracket despite the record effort of its own.

The quartet failed to clock below 43.05 seconds needed to be among the top 16 teams in the Road to Tokyo list. Sixteen team will run in the women's 4x100m relay race in Tokyo Games.

India was placed 22nd before Monday's race on the basis of its 43.81 seconds performance during the 2019 Asian Championships. Monday's 43.37 seconds will take India to the 20th spot.

(With PTI Inputs)

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