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Dutee Chand fails to progress from heats in Athletics Worlds

Dutee Chand failed to progress from the heats in the 100-metre dash in the World Athletic Championship in Doha on Saturday.

Dutee Chand, running in Heat 3, finished seventh of eight in the 100m dash (File Photo)

Dutee Chand failed to progress from the heats in the 100-metre dash in the World Athletic Championship in Doha on Saturday. She finished seventh in her heat with a timing of 11.48 seconds. Across all heats, her rank was 37th.

Dutee made a good start – her reaction time was one of the quickest – and she was even with the front of the pack till around the halfway stage. From then on, however, she started to fall behind as the others pulled ahead.

Dutee has failed to progress to the semifinals and to secure an Olympic quota. The qualification standard for the Tokyo Olympics was set at 11.15 seconds.

On the same tracks in April during the Asian Championships, the 23-year-old Dutee had clocked 11.28 seconds during the heats and 11.26 seconds (national record) in the semifinals. But on Saturday, she came up with her third worst time of the season, after the 11.51 seconds in February and 11.61 seconds in March during the heats in the Federation Cup.

Dutee had said before departing for the Worlds that her aim was to reach the final of the women’s 100m dash and record a new personal best timing. Her personal best is 11.26 seconds.

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“I hope to run my best in Doha, that is my target. I could not reach the semifinals last time but I am hoping to reach the finals this time. It will not be easy but I will be really happy if I do that,” she had said.

In the 2017 London World Championships, Dutee had run a disappointing 12.07 second in the heats. Her personal best of 11.26 seconds, which is also the national record, came during the Asian Championships on the same track in Doha in April earlier this year.