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KIIT Girl Sprints into Rio Olympics Qualification

Bhubaneswar ,25.06.2016 (By Mano Mani Singh)- Ace sprinter from KIIT University Dutee Chand achieved the coveted spot for Rio 2016  Olympics in the women’s 100m event after meeting the qualification mark at the 26th G.  Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan on June 25, 2016.   In a scintillating run in the women’s 100m heats, Dutee beat the Rio Olympics  qualification mark of 11.32 seconds by 2 seconds. In the process, she bettered her own  national record of 11.33 seconds set in National Federation Cup earlier this year. It is a  historic achievement as Dutee has become the first Indian women to qualify for the  coveted 100m event since the introduction of a qualifying mark in the segment.  Legendary athlete PT Usha had qualified for the same event in 1980 Moscow   Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS congratulated her for the achievement and  wished her best of luck for the Rio Olympics. He said we have been encouraging her  since last six years. Ranjit Nayak, a student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences  (KISS), has already secured qualification in Rio Olympics in archery event, informed Dr.  Samanta, who promotes sports in a big way and has helped numerous students from  KIIT & KISS to achieve success at national and international sports. KIIT has also been  supporting Dutee, who is a student of KIIT School of Law, to achieve a string of  successes for last five years.  While thanking KIIT University and its Founder for all the support, Dutee vowed to  perform even better and not let anyone down in the Olympics.

Dutee Chand

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