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India's Dutee Chand fails to qualify in Rio Olympics 2016

Dutee Chand covered 100m in 11.69 seconds on Day 7 of the Rio Games. Photograph: (AFP)

Aug 13, 2016, 04.48 AM (IST)
India's sprint queen Dutee Chand and discus thrower Vikas Gowda failed in the first qualification stage to cap off a disappointing first day of athletics at the Rio Games. 

Chand clocked 11.69 seconds to finish seventh in the 100m heats, which was well below her personal best of 11.24 seconds she had recorded in Astana, Kazakhstan, earlier this year.

It was no better for four-time Olympian Gowda, who produced his worst showing at the quadrennial event. He had a best throw of 58.99m to come 28th out of 34 competitors. 

"My performance was not very good today. Frustrating. Just had a lot of bad luck this year. Lot of injuries. Was not able to train until three-four weeks ago. Obviously, that was not enough time to prepare," said Gowda, who had come eighth in the previous edition in London.

"I tore both quad-tendons of my knees. Right above the kneecap, earlier in the year. It did progress, so I had to take a break from training. So, not enough enough time," he further said.

Favourite Piotr Malachowski of Poland topped the qualification round with a best throw of 65.89m, followed by Lukas Weisshaidinger (65.86m) of Austria and Christoph Harting (65.41m) of Germany. 

The first day of track and field events was a bleak one for Indian athletes as shot putter Manpreet Kaur and 800m racer Jinson Johnson also fell by the wayside in their respoective events. 

(Inputs from PTI)

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