Tamil Nadu’s S Dhanalakshmi won the 100-meter dash at the National Interstate Championships while national record holder Dutee Chand finished fourth on a day when another star sprinter, Hima Das, did not start after injuring himself in hot races, which cast doubt on the Tokyo Olympics. .
All the women in the women’s 100m final returned with mediocre timings, even when Dhanalakshmi emerged as the fastest woman in the tournament, turning 11.52 seconds ahead of Sri Lanka’s Amasha de Silva (11.59) and Archana. Sussendran (11.60) by Tamil Nadu.
Dutee, who was 11.17 seconds in the Indian Grand Prix 4 earlier this week on the same NIS tracks to break his own national record, finished fourth with a time of 11.62. He can be seen feeling some discomfort as he crosses the finish line.
However, Dutee is likely to qualify for the Olympics based on the world rankings, as she sits 41st on the Road to Tokyo list. Fifty-six athletes will compete in the women’s 100m at the Tokyo Olympics.
Hima, who has had a lower back problem for a long time, did not start in the final after pulling muscle mass during the 100 minutes in the morning session. The extent of her injury cannot be officially established.
But it is learned that the Assam athlete is very unlikely to escape the 200-meter race scheduled for Sunday, as well as the women’s 4×100-meter relay final on June 29. She had set her personal record of 20.88 seconds in the 200 meters on the IGP 4, but missed the automatic qualifying score of 20.80 seconds.
Hima’s injury is also a major blow to the 4x100m women’s relay qualifiers for the Tokyo Games, as she is a vital member of the quartet, which also includes Dutie, Danalakshmi and Archana.
Punjab’s Gurindervir Singh became the fastest man in the championship, winning the 100m final with a time of 10.27 seconds, just one second below the national record of 10.26 in the name of Amia Kumar Malik of Odisha. , who finished third (10.49) on Saturday.
Love Preet Singh (10.47), also from Punjab, took the silver. The men’s 100m Olympic qualifier is 10.05 seconds.
National high jump record holder Tejasvin Shankar’s bid for an Olympic quota ended in disappointment as he managed to clear just 2.20 million, despite winning gold at the Punjabi University.
He had flown from the United States, where he was studying at Kansas State University, for a final attempt to make the Olympics, for which the qualifying score was 2.33 meters.