Bhubaneswar: Ace sprinter from Odisha Dutee Chand failed to qualify for the 100m semi-finals in the Rio Olympics.
She finished 7th in women’s 100m, round 1, heat 5, with a timing of 11.69 seconds. Her best timing was 11.24 seconds, which was also the qualifying time for the round.
“It was just not my moment.. thanks for trusting n having faith..,” tweeted Dutee.
I would have performed better had the event held in the evening instead of 11 pm. The bad weather condition was one of the aspects that affected my performance – Dutee
The sprinter also said that she could not get proper training at Rio as coach N Ramesh sir was not allowed to stay in the Olympics village.
She, however, is confident that she would qualify for the next Olympics.
This is for the first time I participated in Olympics. I have a long way to go. I am confident that I will perform well in the coming days – Dutee
Even though she was ahead in the starting, the other participants overtook her in the middle. The Indian sprinter could not chase the other participants. She was running on track number-4.
However, the people in Odisha extended their support to the Odia girl for representing India in Olympics after 36 years in 100-meter track.