Bhubaneswar: Ace Odia sprinter Dutee Chand has become the cynosure of all eyes after she stormed into final after qualifying the women’s 200 metres semi-finals at the 18th Asian Games.
Dutee won Heat 4 with a time of 23.37 seconds which earned her a direct spot in the semi-finals. She was second in the overall standings at the end of the first round, behind Nigina Sharipova of Uzbekistan, who won Heat 3 with a personal best time of 23.31.
Another athlete Hima Das also qualified for the women’s 200 metres semi-finals.
Star Indian sprinter Dutee had also clinched a silver medal in women’s 100m dash at the 18th Asian Games to win the country’s first medal in 20 years in this event in Indonesia on Sunday. She had clocked 11.32 seconds, a tad below her national record of 11.29 seconds to win the medal.