Bhubaneswar: Kalinga Stadium had an electrifying atmosphere when Odia sprinter Dutee Chand hit the tracks in 100 metres race for woman and qualified for the semi-finals after putting up a splendid performance.
The entire stadium erupted with joy as soon as Dutee took her position.
The spectators also whole-heartedly cheered for local boy, Amiya Mallick, who finished third in the 100-metre heat.
He, too, received rousing welcome from the audience.
Three other Odia athletes – Srabani Nanda, Jauna Murmu and Purnima Hembram – are also part of the Indian team. They will also take part in the championship.