Top Indian athletes Hima Das, Dutee Chand aiming for direct Olympics berth at IGP 4

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A number of top athletes of the country such as Hima Das, Dutee Chand and others are looking forward to earn their Tokyo Olympics qualification at the Indian Grand Prix series 4 which kicks off today at Patiala, Punjab.

Both Dutee and Hima will be part of the women’s 4x100m relay team and to secure their Tokyo berth, need to clock under the qualification mark of 43.05 seconds in the one day event.

Dutee, the national record holder with a time of 11.22 seconds, has also separately entered the in the women’s 100m category event, where she needs to set a time of 11.15 to book her flight to the Japanese capital.

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However, in case she fails to cross the qualification mark at IGP 4 as well as the subsequent National inter-state championships, which will take place from 25th to 29th June, world no 42 will bank on her ranking to make the cut for the grand quadriennal event.

“As per the current ranking, I am placed 42. I am very hopeful of qualifying,” the two time Asian Games silver medallist in both 100m and 200m categories said in a recent interview, “the qualification deadline is June 29. After that I will get one month to prepare well for the Olympics. I will try to achieve my personal best and get into the final in the Olympics.”

Alongside Hima and Dutee, shot putter Tejinderpal Singh Toor and javelin thrower Annu Rani will also be looking forward to earning their Olympics spot at the event today.

A national record holder with a distance of 20.92m, Toor is currently ranked 31st in the Road to Tokyo list of 32 shot putters and needs to touch the qualification mark of 21.10m.

Meanwhile, the target for Rani is 64m, who currently holds the national record of 62.43m, although she is placed in the 19th spot in the Road to Tokyo list of 32 javelin throwers.

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