Dhanalakshmi is a Tamil Nadu girl who has silently breezed past Hima Das and Dutee Chand, the two most popular Indian sprinters of our time, marking her arrival in Indian athletics.
The 22-year-old whom the world didn’t know till yesterday, is now being hailed as one of the promising sprinters of India and she has earned this position as her own bragging rights. She is Dhanalakshmi, the girl who beat Hima Das and Dutee Chand besides breaking the record held by P.T. Usha for 23 years – which was set even before her birth.
The latest sensation of Indian athletics, Dhanalakshmi beats Hima Das by a comfortable margin in the 200m event at the ongoing 24th Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships currently being held in Patiala. The 22-year-old sprinter clocked a timing of 23.26 seconds while Hima Das finished second with 24.39. Simran Deep Kaul from Delhi came in third with a timing of 24.92 seconds.
Who is Dhanalakshmi?
Dhanalakshmi’s mettle was witnessed by the Indian athletics fraternity when she stepped into the race track on Tuesday. The Tamil Nadu sprinter ran in the 24th Federation Cup National Athletics Championship in Patiala, clinching gold in the much-anticipated 100m event by clocking 11.39 seconds. Who would have thought she would beat the best in the business. Her effort stood out in the final against the Asian Games silver medallist Dutee, who came in second with 11.58. Hima Das was disqualified for a false start.
In the heats, Dhanalakshmi had clocked 11.38 seconds to cover the same distance, the timing was the fastest in the women’s 100m in a competition in India by an athlete other than national record holder Dutee Chand.
This was just the start, Dhanalakshmi did something stupendous again on Thursday when she took part in 200m event of the 24th Federation Cup. In the heats, Dhanalakshmi added another feather in her cap by rewriting New Meet Record (NMR) clocking 23.26 Sec. The previous Meet Record was set by PT Usha – 23.30 in 1998. This time again, she comfortably beats Hima Das, who clocked 24.39 secs to finish second. Archana won the other heat in 24.07 All eyes will be upon Dhana Lakshmi when she steps in for the final tomorrow. The cutoff for qualifying in the Olympics in 200m is 22.80 secs.
Dhanalakshmi beat both Hima Das and Dutee Chand
This is her second victory after the 100m event where she took home the gold medal with a timing of 11.39 seconds. The highlight of this event however was that she managed to beat both Hima Das (200m) and Dutee Chand (100m) in the tournament, both of whom were considered favourites to win the race. Hima Das was disqualified for a false start in the 100m race while Dutee Chand came second with a timing of 11:58. The third place was taken by Archara Suseendran who finished in 11.76 seconds. The race final qualifiers had taken place on the opening day at the National Institute of Sports with Dutee Chand coming in at 11.51 seconds and Hima following close with 11.63 seconds in their qualifier.