India’s woman sprinter Dutee Chand scripted history by qualifying in the 100 metres category for the Rio Olympics 2016.
She also created a new national record when she clocked 11.30 seconds in the women’s 100m heats of the 26th G. Kosanov memorial meet in Almaty.
The qualifying mark for Rio was set at 11.32 seconds.
Dutee, who fought against the ban imposed on her in 2014 due to having a higher level of testosteron, promised to perform even better.
“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 will not let anyone down at the Olympics,” she said.
Soon, congratulations started pouring in. Even railway minister Suresh Prabhu applauded her efforts.
Congratulations to sprinter Dutee Chand for qualifying for Rio Olympics!Another member of Railway family to qualify.Wish her all the best!
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) June 25, 2016
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) June 25, 2016
We are proud of Dutee Chand, student of KIIT Law School, KIIT University who qualified to represent India in the… https://t.co/WMB2H9u4O6
— Achyuta Samanta (@achyuta_samanta) June 25, 2016
Dutee chand Qualifies for Rio Olympics with a timing of 11.30sec (New NR) in 100m at Almaty in heats.. finally consistency wins…🙏👌
— vishal pathak (@PathakVishal3) June 25, 2016
Her struggles speaks volume of her fighting spirit and determination.