Top Indian runner Dutee Chand on Friday cracked her own national record in women’s 100m race on the fourth and final day of the 58th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships to establish herself as a gold medal contender in the upcoming Asian Games.
The 22-year-old Dutee, representative Odisha, clocked 11.29 seconds to shave off one-hundredth of a second from her previous national record of 11.30 as she parched the track in the semi-finals of the event under better conditions in the morning period at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.
She has already infringed the Asian Games qualifying time of 11.67 when she clocked 11.42 in one the heats on Friday. She has also qualified for the Asian Games in 200m through 100m race is her major event.
The final Dash of the women’s 100m will be held later in the evening.
Friday’s timing has put Dutee on the apex of the season’s list among the Asians and she would go as one of the gold medal contenders in the Asian Games. The gold medal success in the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games had clocked 11.33 and 11.48 respectively.
Four Indian women – Roshan Mistry (1951; silver), Christine Brown (1954; bronze), P T Usha (1982; silver) and (1986; silver) and Rachita Mister (1998; bronze) – have prevailed a medal in the Asian Games. No Indian woman has won gold in the 100m race in the Asian Games.
“The conditions were fine and before the race, I and my trainer (N Ramesh) decided to go for the national record. I am very happy but I will try to more dip the timing,” Dutee said after her race.
“Infect my goal in this championship is to run 11:20 and I hope to get this. There are still 8-weeks to go before the Asian Games and my aim in Jakarta is to run below 11:20,” said Dutee who presently trains at Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad.