Ace Odia sprinter and Tokyo Olympics hopeful Srabani Nanda has made history by running in a meet in Jamaica close to a portion of the world’s best sprinters in the midst of COVID-19. The 29-year-old became the first athlete from India to participate in a competition since the pandemic put a full stop in March.
The champion from Phulbani represented MVP Track Club managed to complete a 100m race in 11.78 seconds for a third-place finish at Jamaica College on Sunday. The fest also featured the likes of double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, which elevated the event’s level.
It wouldn’t have made any difference if Nanda had managed to outperform that time as the World Athletics has chosen to suspend Olympic Qualification competitions till November 2020. The time 11.15 seconds is set as the qualifying standard for the women’s 100m event.
The sprint queen previously broke into the world scene in 2008, profitable a team gold medal in the 4×400 meters relay the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune. The latter represented India in the 2016 Olympics and finished 6th in her heat. The former had additionally won a 200m gold and 100m silver in the 2016 South Asian Games.
The Odia was also a part of the bronze-winning 4x100m relay quartet in the 2017 Asian Championships. The former presently appreciate a bit of leeway over most other Indian competitors, who have quite recently continued preparing, on the grounds that she is currently training and competing in Jamaica’s MVP Track Club. Among sprinters, only the 4×400 Mixed Relay group has managed to secure a place for the following year’s event up until this point.
Thompson figured out how to win in the 100m occasion, timing 11.19 seconds while Fraser-Pryce went ahead to win the women’s’ 200m event with a time of 22.74 seconds. The gold medalist from 2011 World Championships Yohan Blake managed to clinch the men’s 200m event with 20.62 seconds.
Article Written by Sobhan Garnaik
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