June 25th, 2016
Odisha sprinter Dutee Chand has today qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016. The national champion from Jajpur district clocked 11.30 seconds to win a 100-metre race at the XXVI International Meeting G.Kosanov Memorial in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Dutee Chand’s road to qualification was tough where she had to go through many obstacles before making it.
Missed it by a whisker
Born into a poor family of weavers, Dutee had missed the Olympics qualifying score by 0.01 seconds at 100-metre event of Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championship – 2016, held in New Delhi in April this year. In 1980, it was PT Usha, who qualified for the 100m at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Dutee was forced to miss the Commonwealth Games 2014 and Asian Games 2014 after she failed a controversial “gender test”. She was barred from participating in the tournaments because of raised level of hyperandrogenism (elevated testosterone levels) in her body. Though it was a natural occurrence, she was banned by the International Association of Athletics Federation.
After a lot of controversies, the ban was lifted and finally here she stands all set to give her best shot at the Olympics.
The Logical Indian wishes Dutee Chand all the best. You have made all of India proud and now our thoughts and wishes to you to excel in Olympics and win the medal for India.