Dutee Chand, an elite Indian sprinter, will retire after competing in the 2024 Olympics in Paris. After losing the 200m to Priya Mohan at the Khelo India University Games, Dutee, who represented India at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics, has made her intentions about her future clear.
Dutee Chand won two gold medals at the Khelo India University Games, in addition to losing the 200m sprint to 19-year-old Priya Mohan. Earlier in the Games, she managed to defend her crown in the 100m sprint. “I’m getting older, I’m not as fast as I used to be,” Dutee Chand, 26, who won silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the Asian Games in 2018, told ESPN. two or three years if my body cooperates.
“My body is getting slower and I started training quite late this season,” she explained. Dutee is yet to meet the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) qualification requirements for the Commonwealth Games (11.31s) and the Asian Games (11.36s), both of which will be contested later this year. She will need to beat her personal best and clock 11.15 seconds in the 100m to qualify for the World Athletics Championships in July.
“I have already participated in five events this year to qualify for these international events… I am confident of reaching my peak in June-July before the start of the international circuit”, estimates Dutee Chand.
After PT Ucha, Dutee Chand rose to prominence after winning the Under-18 100m Championships in 2012. She has become one of India’s most accomplished sprinters. Dutee won gold in the 200m at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in 2014, and she won bronze in the 60m (7.28 seconds) at the Asian Indoor Championships in 2016.
She became the only Indian to win a gold medal at the World University Games in 2019 after winning two second-place medals at the Asian Games in 2018. Dutee’s silver medal in the 200m at the Asian Games was the first India medal in the event. since PT Usha’s gold medal in 1986.
She had clocked her 100m sprint at the national varsity championships there in 11.44 seconds in the month of February and gold at the Federation Cup in 11.49 seconds in the month of March so far in 2022. Dutee has also stated that after her retirement, she intends to establish the ‘Dutee Chand Athletics Speed Academy’ in Odisha to teach aspiring sprinters.
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