Kozhikode, Apr 21: Sprint star Dutee Chand set a new national record in 100-metre category by completing the race in 11.28 seconds in the heat round of the ongoing 23rd Doha Asian Athletics Championship on Sunday.
Dutee clocked 11.28s in the heats, breaking her own national record of 11.29s set in Guwahati last year. Junior World champion and Asian Games silver medallist Hima Das failed to finish the women’s 400m semifinal after she suffered back pain. Hima is also the national record holder with 50.79s recorded in the Jakarta Asiad last year.
The other quartermiler, M R Poovamma qualified for the final clocking 52.46s as she finished Bahrain’s Salwa Naser (52.29). Muhammad Anas also made the semifinal in the men’s 400m finishing third in his heats in 46.36s along with Arokia Rajiv, who moved up from fifth around the 200m mark to win his heat 46.25s. (UNI)