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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday congratulated Odisha athletes for topping in different categories of the National Athletes Rankings-2017 which was declared by Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
Taking to twitter, the Chief Minister congratulated the athletes for achieving the feat. Besides, he encouraged them to perform well in future and bring more laurels to the state.
Odisha athletes are No1 in @Afiindia National Rankings in the most elite athletics disciplines of 100m, 200m and 100m hurdles. Congratulations Amiya, Dutee, Srabani and Purnima for giving Odisha this place of pride. Scale heights of success and bring glory to the state https://t.co/qgM1UJXpek
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) January 18, 2018
As per the AFI rankings, Amiya Kumar Mallick ranked number one in men’s 100 metre sprint category while Dutee Chand ranked number one in women’s 100 metre sprint category.
Srabani Nanda has been ranked number two in 100 metre category, but has topped in the women’s 200 metre sprint event category. She was followed by Dutee Chand.
Likewise, Purnima Hembram topped in the women’s 100 metre hurdles category. She also secured the second rank in women’s heptathlon category.
Jauna Murmu was placed in the second rank in women’s 400 metre hurdles category.
The AFI ranked top 20 athletes in each category based on their timing in various national and international events.