Dutee Chand misses Olympic Qualification

Dutee sprints to new National Record, misses Olympics berth by 1/100th sec in 100M sprint, clocking 11.33sec on the Opening day of the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships at JLN Stadium, New Delhi.

Chand, 20, broke the 16-year-old record held by Rachita Mistry (11.38sec), but couldn’t qualify for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics qualification berth by a hundredth of a second. Her main competitor Srabani Nanda finished behind with 11.45sec.

It was a day when there were two national records created, with the second one in men’s sprint, wherein Amiya Kumar Mallick sprinted to a new national record clocking 100M in 10.26 sec, on the first day. The previous record was held by Abdul Najeeb Qureshi (10.30sec) in 2010. Mallick, However, could only finish fourth with 10.51sec in the finals, apparently due to a left hamstring pull which made him slow off the blocks. Jyotishankar Debnath clinched the title of the ‘fastest man of the meet’, clocking 10.41sec.. There were no Rio qualification on the day one.

Asian champion in shot put Inderjeet Singh, who made his first appearance in a competition at home after training in the US, had to settle for the second place behind the 22-year-old Tajinderpal Singh Toor. Inderjeet, wjho has already qualified for the Rio Olympics, managed just 19.17 metres in this meet, while Toor’s best throw was 19.93 metres; another strong aspirant for qualifying in this event for the 2016 Olympics, Om Prakash Karhana finished fourth with a best effort of 18.28 meres.

In the men’s javelin throw, strong favorites to qualify for Rio Olympics and 2016 SAF Games gold medalist, Neeraj Chopra did not start, while the event was won by Vipin Kasana with a best throw of 76.42M.

In the women’s 5000m, the opening event of the Championships, Suriya L created a New Meet Record, clocking 15:39.59s. In the men’s 5000m race, Lakshmanan G clocked 13:51.29s to finish on top of the podium.



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