Asian Athletics C’ships: Odisha sprinter Dutee Chand sets new national record

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Doha: Odisha sprinter Dutee Chand set a new national record in 100-metre category by completing the race in 11.28 seconds in the heat round of the ongoing 23rd Doha Asian Athletics Championship on Sunday.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also congratulated the sprint queen for her new record.

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She broke her own national record as she qualified for the women’s 100m semifinal today. On the other hand, quartermiler M R Poovamma qualified for the final round clocking 52.46s.

Junior World champion and Asian Games silver medallist Hima Das failed to finish the women’s 400m semifinal after she suffered back pain. However, she was pulled out halfway through the race.

Muhammad Anas made into the semifinal round in the men’s 400m finishing third in his heats clocking 46.36s along with Arokia Rajiv, who moved up from fifth around the 200m mark to win his heat 46.25s.

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