Not since the days of PT Usha has a young Indian sprinter been able to capture the imagination of the Indian athletics fraternity the way Dutee Chand has. The 100 and 200m runner from Odisha has had a short but impressive career till now. 2014 could be her breakthrough year at the international level.
The last 12 months have seen Dutee Chand shoot into the limelight, excelling at events that Indians have traditionally not performed well in. The 17-year-old from Odisha is the current national champion in 100m, and won gold in both 100 and 200m at the recently concluded National Open Athletics Championships in Ranchi.
"At the junior level, she has been outstanding so far. At this age, even PT Usha had not achieved this much. In the next 6-7 years, she is going to mature into a top international athlete", Dutee's coach Siba Prasad Mishra told NDTV in Bhubaneswar.