Dutee Chand confident of winning medal at Rio


New Delhi: Ace sprinter Dutee Chand today expressedher confidence in winning medal at the Rio Olympics beginning from August 5. Meanwhile Rio-bound Indian sprinter Dutee Chand on Saturday said she is working hard to improve her speed endurance so that she doesn't taper off in the last 40 metres of the 100m event during next month's Olympics.

"I am too good in first 60 meters, but my speeds slows down in the last 40 meters dash. I agree. I have to improve on my speed endurance, and I am working on it. Ramesh sir is giving lot of attention on it and I am also reciprocating it," she told reporters. Dutee was the first Indian woman to make it to Olympics in 100metres race in 36 years. Addressing a press conference here, Dutee said she was very muchconfident of winning a medal in the 100 metre category.

Dutee, who hailed from a poor family, is the second Indian womenever to qualify for the women 100m event at the Summer OlympicGames, with legendary sprinter PT Usha last making it in 1980 MoscowOlympics. Twenty year-old Dutee qualified for Rio Olympics after sheclocked 11.30 sec in the heats also broke her own National Record.In the final, she stepped ahead with another record, finishing 100min 10:24 sec.

Dutee was born on February 3-1996 to Chakradhar Chand and AkhujiChand in Gopalpur, in Jajpur district of Odisha. She is one of fourdaughters born to the poor weaver couple. She got inspiration fromher elder sister Saraswati Chand, who is also a acclaimed athlete. Dutee thanked Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS,Bhubaneswar for supporting her to achieve this major milestone. "I feel deeply proud on being supported by the Founder of KIIT &KISS. I got a golden opportunity to qualify in Rio Olympics 2016.Samanta sir is also like my father as he has been supporting mementally, financially and in other ways like a daughter. Hesupported me unconditionally at a time when I was unknown. By hiseffort I got the chance to pursue my education in Law in KIITUniversity and could reach this position''.

She said that "I got my first medal in the 200m event at theAsian Championships in Pune in 2012-13. I neither had proper shoesto run in this race, not money to buy immediately from market. WhenI called Dr Samanta from Pune to tell him about my problems, heimmediately sent Rs 25,000 in my bank account. I could buy a goodpair of shoes and won the first medal of my life''. UNI MSP cs 1845.