Dutee Chand, the Indian sprinter has qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020. This will be Dutee Chand’s second Olympic in a row. She had also qualified for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
In 2016, Dutee had became the the first Indian woman athlete to qualify for 100m after 36 years. Dutee Chand qualified for both 100m and 200m events/. The qualification was by the virtue of the World Rankings quota as the qualification cut-off period ended June 29.
For your information, if an athlete fails to breach the direct qualification standards for the Olympics then the World Athletics rankings provides an alternate route to qualify.
Dutee Chand’s 200 meter timing at the Open Nationals in Ranchi in 2019 was 23.17 seconds. That meant she had to qualify through the ranking process for the Tokyo Olympics.
Dutee, who improved her national record earlier this month at Indian Grand Prix IV with 11.17 second run in the 100m but couldn’t breach the Tokyo qualifying mark of 11.15 secs, saw her ranking improved to 44 in the 100m.
In the 100 metres, Dutee Chand ran her best run with 11.17 second run at the Indian Grand Prix IV earlier this month. But again, it was not enough for her to qualify directly for the Tokyo games. Though, that timing took her World Ranking to 44 which is enough to get an Olympic berth.
However, the bad news for the Indian fans was Himu Das’ injury. Hima is yet to qualify for the Tokyo Games. Check out Indian medal contenders at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.