Odia sprinter Srabani Nanda qualifies for Rio Olympics

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Dutee Chand from Odisha qualified for the Rio Olympics, another Odia sprinter Srabani Nanda has booked her berth for the Rio Olympics in the women’s 200 meters category.

20-year-old Dutee clocked 11.30 seconds in the women’s 100m heats and then ran an even better 11.24 seconds in the finals to win a silver medal in the Kazakhstan Meet too book the Rio Olympics ticket. She is the first athlete from Odisha to have qualified for Olympics in an individual event.

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Odia sprinter Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda qualifies for Rio Olympics

Srabani clocked 23.07 seconds in the 200-meter race at the G Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan to secure her Olympics berth. The qualifying mark for Rio event was set at 23.20 seconds.

The 24-year old athlete from Phulbani in tribal-dominated Kandhamal district said she would practice hard to win a medal at the Rio Olympics starting this August.

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The state government announced cash award of Rs 1 lakh for Srabani. The Odisha Olympic Association and Odisha Athletic Association also announced Rs 50,000 each for the promising sprinter.

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