Bhubaneswar: 6/7/17Spectators got their money’s worth on the opening day of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships at Kalinga Stadium here as local Odia athletes Dutee Chand and Amiya Mallick showed impressive performance and entered into final rounds in the mega event while the Indian contingent opened up its medal tally.
National record holder Dutee stormed into the semis of women’s 100 m event with a timing of 11.40 sec, topping in her heat, while rising sprinting sensation Amiya Mallick recorded 10.48 sec in his heat and made into the final rounds.
“I have qualified for the final rounds thanks to the blessings of our people of Odisha. I have set target of 11.20 sec so that I can qualify for the world championships in London. I hope with the blessings of God I will get good results for all that hard work I have put into my training,” Dutee told mediapersons after her performance.
On the other hand star discus thrower Vikas Gowda gave India its first medal in the championships after he landed an attempt of 60.81 metre and bagged a bronze medal.