Bhubaneswar: Four Odia athletes have topped in different categories in the national Athletes Rankings 2017 published by Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
The timing of athletes, who had participated in various national and international events in the year 2017 was taken into consideration to rank the top 20 athletes.
As per the rankings, Amiya Kumar Mallick has ranked number one in men's 100 metre sprint category. Similarly, Dutee Chand has ranked number one in women's 100 metre sprint category while Srabani Nanda has been ranked number two.
However, Srabani Nanda has topped the women's 200 metre sprint event category followed by Dutee Chand.
Besides, Purnima Hembram has ranked number one in women's 100 metre hurdles category while securing second rank in women's heptathlon category.
Another athlete from Odisha, Jauna Murmu has been ranked number two in women's 400 metre hurdles category.
The rankings were published by AFI which is the apex body for running and managing athletics in India and is affiliated to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and Indian Olympic Association (IOA).