Kolkata, Sep 19 (PTI) Promising Indian sprinter Duttee Chand, who recently won a landmark gender case against the world athletics governing body IAAF, may head to Chula Vista High Performance Training Centre in the United States in her bid to make the cut for Rio Olympics 2016. The 19-year-old Railways sprinter today completed a treble at the National Open Athletics Meet here by winning the 200m and 4x100m relay gold in addition to her 100m dash title earlier. Dutee, running in her second meet after winning the gender case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, later said that she had spoken to Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who has assured her of three months foreign training to achieve the Olympic standard. “I told him (the sports minister) that I need a minimum of three months foreign training to achieve 23.20s (the qualification standard for Rio 2016) in 200m. I told him I want to go to Chula Vista and he has promised me to send there,” Dutee told reporters after winning a triple gold medal today. Dutee, who has a personal best of 23.56 (Junior Asian Championship in Taipei), clocked 23.69secs today to beat her state mate Srabani Nanda for the gold medal in 200m, an event where she has the best chance to make the cut. “I was off practice for about six months (because of the gender row) and due to that I dont have much endurance and stamina, the two most important things needed to peak in the 200m. But Ill improve by rigorous training,” a confident Dutee added. “Im really thankful to my well wishers and its because of their blessings I could make it three,” she added. Her coach by Nagapuri Ramesh is confident that Dutee can go under 23-minute if given a foreign training stint. “Dutee had improved from 23.76 (Asian Championship Pune 2013) to 23.56 in one year. And despite the turmoil and off practice she could clock her best time of the year,” Ramesh said. More PTI TAP PDS ATKadvertisement
Three burglary suspects were arrested Wednesday afternoon in La Center after police pursued and apprehended two on foot and found another lying on a trampoline in a resident’s backyard.Around 12:30 p.m., residents of a home on Northeast Jenny Creek Road in the La Center area saw a gray sedan pulling away from their house. The homeowners called 911 to report that their home was burglarized and a shotgun was stolen, prompting the La Center Police Department to look for the sedan, said Chief Marc Denney.Officer Jerry Lester saw the vehicle heading south near Fifth Street and pursued the suspects in his patrol car. After coming to a dead end at the vacant First Independent Bank building, the three suspects ditched the vehicle and took off on foot, heading north across East Fourth Street and the parking lot of the New Phoenix cardroom, 105 W. Fourth St.Two suspects were apprehended at gunpoint on the backside of Chips Casino, Denney said. A Washougal K-9 unit attempted to track the third suspect.Soon after, Lester found the suspect lying on a trampoline in the backyard of a residence, 219 E. Fourth St., across the street from the La Center City Hall.