Dutee Chand has become the first Indian athlete to qualify for the Rio Olympics on Saturday. The 20-year-old qualifying in the 100 metres category for the Rio Olympics 2016. Dutee beat the Olympic qualification mark of 11.32 seconds by clocking 11.30 seconds in the 100 meters race at the XVI International meet being held in G. Kosanov Memorial, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Dutee Chand is the 99th Indian athlete to qualify for this year’s Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro.
Dutee Chand said, “I am really happy at the moment. It has been a tough year for me and I am so happy that my coach Ramesh sir’s and my hard work has paid off.”
“I would like to thank all the people in India who were praying for me to qualify. Your wishes have paid off. I would like to thank Anglian medal hunt, Pullela Gopichand Academy and KIIT university for the all their support. I will not let anyone down at the Olympics.”
In April, Dutee Chand’s attempt to qualify for the Rio Olympics suffered a setback. She missed the Olympics qualifying by 0.01 seconds at the 100 meter event of Federation Cup in New Delhi in April. Dutee became the first indian woman to qualify for the event since qualification started for the event. PT Usha had qualified for the event in 1980 Olympics.