Two national records were shattered with 100m sprinters Dutee Chand hogging the limelight on the opening day of the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships on Thursday.
Odisha athlete Dutee clocked 11.33secs in women’s 100m dash to win the gold and erase Rachita Mistry’s 16-year-old national record of 11.38 secs.
Another Odisha athlete Amiya Kumar Mallick also broke the national record in men’s 100m sprint by clocking 10.26secs in the semifinals, thereby bettering the earlier national mark of 10:30secs set by Abdul Najeeb Qureshi in 2010.
Mallick, however, failed to finish at the podium in the men’s 100m race finals due to left hamstring pull.
None of the athletes, however, could qualify for the Rio Olympics on the first day of the meet. The three-day championships, the first major event of the season, also served as the qualifying event for the Rio Games.
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