Ace-sprinter and the fastest woman of India - Dutee Chand created a new national record in Women's 100m on Monday at the National Athletics Grand Prix in Patiala. By doing so, she has also bettered her personal best. Her previous best in 100m was 11.21 seconds.
In Patiala, Dutee broke her own record by clocking 11.17 seconds in the 100m sprint heats. Despite this, she missed out on the Tokyo Olympics spot. Dutee missed the Olympics train by 0.02 seconds as the qualification mark for the same was set at 11.15 second. In another significant milestone, the Women's 4X100m Relay team featuring the quartet of Dutee Chand, Hima Das, S Dhanalakshmi and Archana Suseendran also created a new national record with a timing of 43.37 seconds at the Grand Prix.
They won the race ahead of India 'B' team (48.02 seconds) and Maldives (50.74) in the three team race. Earlier, India was placed at the 22nd position on the basis of its timing of 43.81 seconds during the 2019 Asian Championships. Monday's record will propel India to the 20th spot. Unfortunately, that was still not good enough for Tokyo Olympics qualification.
Published: Diptiranjita Patra
Last updated: 22 June 2021, 12:47 PM IST