Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 28:
Odisha’s ace sprinter Amiya Kumar Mallick and Dutee Chand have qualified in the 4X100 metre men;s and women’s relay events respectively for the Asian Athletics Championship scheduled to kick off at Doha from June 3 to 7.
The duo qualified in a trial event at Bangalore on Wednesday.
Amiya would team up with Manikanda Arumugam, Krishna Kumar Rana and Jyoti Shankar Debnath who completed the trial run with a timing of 39.11 seconds. The qualifying timing was set 39.18 seconds by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
Dutee was in the women relay team which finished the trial by clocking 44.99 seconds. The qualifying timing was 45.2 seconds. The national women relay team members are Srabani Nanda, Dutee Chand (both from Odisha), MG Padmini and Shrine.
Srabani Nanda and heptathlon national gold medalists Purnima Hembram have earlier been selected in the 29-member ( 15 women) national squad.
Srabani has confirmed her berth in 100 and 200 metre race while Purnima has qualified for the women heptathlon event.