Tamil Nadu’s S Dhanalakshmi won the 100m dash at the National Inter-State Championships while national record holder Dutee Chand finished fourth on a day when another star sprinter Hima Das did not start after injuring herself in the heat races, putting her in doubt for the Tokyo Olympics.
All the competitors in women’s 100m final race returned with mediocre timings even as Dhanalakshmi emerged as the fastest woman of the tournament, clocking 11.52 seconds, ahead of Sri Lanka’s Amasha de Silva (11.59) and Archana Suseendran (11.60) of Tamil Nadu.
Dutee, who had clocked 11.17 seconds in the Indian Grand Prix 4 earlier this week at the same NIS tracks to shatter her own national record, finished fourth with a time of 11.62. She was seen having some discomfort while crossing the finishing line.
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