Ace Odisha Sprinter Dutee Chand today failed to qualify for the 100 metre sprint semi-final in Rio Olympics as she finished 7th in her heat.
Dutee finished with a timing of 11.69 seconds not far from her personal best of 11.24 seconds.
Chand – representing not only India but the also the plight of women in a country where professional sports are rarely preferred as a career – failed to qualify for the semi-finals.
In the 100m race which would prove that Dutee Chand was just as fast as the legendary PT Usha, Chand suffered with the lack of form; and despite her striving for the final platform, she reached the 7th place which meant that her dream to qualify for the semi-finals was over.
With that, Dutee’s much talked about Rio campaign came to an end. While finishing at first or second spot in the heat would have qualified her to the semi-final stage of the high profile women’s 100 metre race, she could only manage to finish at 7th place in heat 5.
“It was just not my moment.. thanks for trusting n having faith..,” Dutee tweed after the event.
Notably, the Odia girl from Jajpur district had qualified for the Olympics by clocking 11.30 seconds to finish a 100 meter race at the XXVI International Meeting G.Kosanov Memorial in Almaty, Kazakhstan in June this year.
She is the first Indian woman sprinter since PT Usha in 1980 to qualify for the 100m sprint event in Olympics.
Watch Dutee Chand’s qualifying race video in Rio Olympics below.