Dutee Chand wins 100m Gold in Taiwan, despite reaching the event just an hour before!
Celebrated sprinter from Odisha, Dutee Chand who within an hour of reaching Taiwan from Beijing completed her 100 m heats open athletics championships and five hours later went out to battle it out in the finals where she clinched the gold medal, completing the run in a blistering 11.50 secs. However her timing was below the Olympics qualification standard of 11.32 secs.
Dutee was a part of the national record breaking women’s 4x100m relay quartet which finished fourth in the IAAF World Challenge event in Beijing. From there she had to fly to Taiwan where she reached just two hours before the start of her event.
Shedding light on the entire scenario Dutee’s coach Ramesh said
“Her 100m heats were at 2pm local time and our flight from Beijing reached here at noon. The drive from the airport to the stadium took one hour and she had to be ready for the heats within one hour,”
“Poor girl, she had to compete after a tiring flight and within one hour,” Ramesh added.
Ramesh also said that his ward was disappointed to not compete in the individual 100m sprint event in Beijing as she was told to withdraw at the last minute despite her name being on the start list.
It’s learnt that the organisers in Chinese capital kept Dutee as a reserve runner on the condition that she would compete in case another athlete withdraws from the race.
Dutee had gone to Beijing hoping to qualify for the Rio Olympics by competing with stronger rivals. She had missed the Rio qualifying standards by one-hundredth of a second in the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships in New Delhi held in April, with a timing of 11.33secs.
However there still is hope, She will have two more events to try and qualify for the Olympics – one each in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan – in June, besides the National Inter-State Championships in Hyderabad next month.
We wish Dutee, a very best for the further events..!!
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