Rio de Janeiro | Sprinter Dutee Chand, who made it to her first Olympics after fighting the odds arising out of a ‘gender test’, finished a disappointing seventh in her 100m heats on the opening day of athletics event here.
Dutee, who became the first Indian woman to qualify for the 100m dash in 36 years, clocked 11.69secs, well below her national record timing of 11.24secs to finish seventh in heat number 5 at the Olympic Stadium.
Men’s quarter-miler Muhammad Anas also crashed out at the heats while long jumper Ankit Sharma failed to advance to the final round to pile on the Indian misery.
From lane number six, Anas started off the blocks well but could only clock 45.95secs, more than a half a second outside his national record timing of 45.40secs to finish sixth in the field of eight in heat number seventh.
Kerala lad Anas finished 31st overall out of 50 athletes who competed in men’s 400m race. First three in each of the seven heats and the next three fastest qualify for the semifinals.
Long jumper Ankit Sharma also produced a below par best effort of 7.67m in his third attempt to finish 12th overall in a field of 30.
Another national record holder Sharma had produced 8.19m in Kazakhstan in June while qualifying for Rio but here he struggled to even come close to his best.
A ‘nervous’ Dutee said, she was done in by the pressure and a long 36-hour ordeal in an economy class flight from home while reaching here had affected her preparation.
I was really scared and nervous. It’s a huge atmosphere. I got really scared and could not give my best. This is a completely different atmosphere, everyone was so taller than me, Dutee said.
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