Running her first competitive race of the year, India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand wasted no time in owning the centre stage at the ongoing Khelo India University Games on Saturday. Representing Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Dutee clinched gold in 100m dash with a timing of 11.49 seconds. Also Read - Badminton: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth's Chances to Qualify For Tokyo Olympics Virtually Over With Singapore Open Cancellation
From the start to finish, the 24-year-old sprinter showcased her skill and class as she raced ahead to take a massive lead in no time. With her competitors nowhere close to Dutee, the national record holder bagged gold in the women’s 100m event. Also Read - Athletics Committed to Addressing Barriers to Growing Sport as More Than 10,000 Join Global Conversation
“It was really nice to participate at the Khelo India University Games. I have won a gold medal as well. I am really happy with my result,” Dutee said after her win. Also Read - India on Verge of Missing Olympic Qualifier World Relays in Poland Due to Flight Suspension
“This is the first meet for me in 2020. So the start of the year has been good. I will improve by 10-15 seconds in the next tournament. I am feeling very fit at the moment, however, I have to improve my speed now.”
Dutee, who bettered her own national record with a timing of 11.22 seconds at the National Open Athletics Championships last year, needs to clock 11.15 seconds to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
“My practice is going on really well for me. I am training for six-seven hours every day. My coach has been guiding me well in track and gym workout,” she said.
She will take part in the 200 metres on the final day of the Games.
In men’s 5000m race, Narendra Pratap Singh of Mangalore University bagged the gold, his second of the Games after the 10,000m win. He broke his own 5000m university record in the process.
His time of 14:18:19 was almost 10 minutes faster than his teammate Adish, who finished second.
It was also almost a minute quicker than the previous record that he himself had set at the Inter-University Games earlier this year.
“The 5k is my favourite event. Recovery was going to be the biggest challenge, and I was surprised by how good I felt today actually,” said the 23-year old B.Com student.