Dutee Chand Wednesday said her target in the upcoming Tokyo Games is to reach the 100m final with improved timing.
She is yet to breach the qualification round 11.15 seconds but is expected to make it to the Tokyo Games based on world rankings. Out of the 56 athletes to compete, 33 will be those who touch qualification timing and the remaining will be picked based on rankings.
The 25-year-old, who has a personal best of 11.22 sec, is currently 42nd in the World Athletics’ Road to Tokyo list, which also includes those who have already qualified based on entry standard timing.
The qualification deadline is June 29 and the final list of entries will be published on July 1.
“I will try my best to touch the 11.15-sec standard during the Indian Grand Prix 4 June 21 and the National Inter-State Championships (June 25-29). If not, I am expecting qualification based on rankings,” Dutee said in a virtual press conference.
My aim in Tokyo is to run below 11.10 seconds and qualify for the final round. Olympics is the biggest event, there will be a lot of athletes who run around 11 seconds and below that,” said Dutee.