Dutee Chand is a polished and feared runner in the circuit, says coach Ramesh

Coach N. Ramesh said that Dutee badly needs exposure to international events and competing with those who clock around 11.00 sec in 100 m.

Beating the heat at the GMC Balayogi Stadium under the watchful guidance of her mentor-cum-coach N. Ramesh, Dutee Chand is now gunning to clock below 11.15 sec in 100 m in the next month’s World University Games itself in Italy.   -  Getty Images

For sprinter Dutee Chand, the focus now shifts to qualifying for the World Championship this September in Qatar and also for the next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

The qualifying mark for Olympics is 11.15 sec and for the World championship 11.24 sec.

Beating the heat at the GMC Balayogi Stadium under the watchful guidance of her mentor-cum-coach N. Ramesh (SAI athletics coach), the 23-year-old is now gunning to clock below 11.15 sec in 100 m in the next month’s World University Games itself in Italy.

“Yes, the qualifying cycle for the Worlds has begun this month and will end in August. So, she is determined to meet the qualifying mark,” says Ramesh.

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“With experience, she is a much more polished and feared runner in the circuit. From start to finish, there is a perfect blend of great poise and power,” he explains.

“Dutee, silver medallist in 100 m and 200 m in the last Asiad and a bronze medallist (200 m) in the recent Asian championship, will be pushing herself in 200 m so as to make her more comfortable in 100 m,” says Ramesh.

“All this would not have been possible but for the support of the AFI and the free boarding facility given at Gopi Chand Academy by Gopi Sir (chief national badminton coach P. Gopi Chand) in 2014 when IAAF slapped a ban on her on grounds of hyperandrogenism.

"That was the most critical phase when she was staring at the dead-end of her career,” he added.

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“Well, Gulf nations hiring African athletes may deny Indians some medal chances but I look at the kind of confidence we get if we beat them consistently as we look ahead,” feels Ramesh.

What exactly Dutee needs now to win a medal in Worlds or Olympics? “The training part has been pretty good. She badly needs exposure to international events and competing with those who clock around 11.00 sec in 100 m,” says the coach.

For her part, Dutee asserts that she continues to chase the dream of winning a medal in Worlds and Olympics.