• December 4, 2021

Dutee Chand finishes last in 200m heat

India’s Dutee Chand crashed out of the women’s 200m after finishing last in her heat at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.

The sprinter clocked her season’s best timing of 23.85 seconds but was unable to make it to the semi-finals after finishing seventh in Heat 4.

Dutee, who has a personal best of 23 seconds, ended up at 38th overall out of 41 competitors.

She qualified for the 200m on the basis of her world rankings, unable to breach the automatic entry standard of 22.80 seconds

Christine Mboma of Namibia, who won Dutee’s heat with a timing 22.11 seconds, topped the heats, ahead of American Thomas Gabrielle (22.20), while the likes of Tokyo 100m gold winner Elaine Thompson-Herah (22.86) and silver medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (22.22) — both Jamaicans — made it to the semi-finals third and 16th respectively.

The biggest shock was 100m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson not making it through to the semi-finals.

The Jamaican tried to take it easy in her heat, but eased off too much before the finish and eventually crossed the line in fourth. Her 23.26 was not enough to advance to the semifinals.

On Friday, Dutee failed to progress to the semi-finals of the women’s 100m as well, finishing seventh in her heat and 45th overall with a timing of 11.54 seconds.

She was nowhere near her best in the 100m heats, as she ran well outside her National record of 11.17 seconds.

She qualified for the Olympics on the basis of world rankings, unable to breach the automatic qualification mark of 11.15 seconds.


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