PATIALA, August 16: Star sprinter Dutee Chand clocked 11.42 seconds to clinch the 100 metre gold at the Indian Grand Prix V at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NIS) on Friday.
Tamil Nadu’s Archana Suseentran gave a stiff competition to Dutee, before taking the silver with a time of 11.53 while Punjab sprinter Manvir Kaur settled for the bronze with a timing of 12.28 seconds.
Archana gave the 200m sprint her best and won the two-woman race in a career best time of 23.18 seconds but could not meet the World Championship qualification standard (23.02 seconds). Having finished second behind Dutee in the 100m, she returned to the track determined to make the half-lapper one to remember.
With Hina getting left behind quite early in the race, the 25-year-old Archana had to focus on racing against the clock. The result was a dramatic improvement in her personal best from 24.03 seconds in January 2017 to 23.18 seconds.
In women’s Discus Throw, local girl Navjeet Kaur Dhillon boosted her preparations for the upcoming inter-state nationals with a throw of 52.44 metres to take the gold medal while Bengal’s Suravi Biswas picked the silver with a throw of 51.42m. (TNN)