Sprinter Srabani Nanda becomes First Indian to Compete amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Odisha born Srabani Nanda has become the first athlete in India to participate in a competition amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The 29-year old track and field athlete took part in a 100m race at the Velocity Fest in Jamaica.

Srabani competed against some of the top sprinters of the world including Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah.

Srabani clocked 11.78 seconds in the two heats to finish third. She has a personal best timing of 11.45 secs in 100m and 23.07 secs in 200m.

The overall winner of the fest was Elaine Thompson with a timing of 11.19 seconds. In 200m, Fraser Pryce was the champion clocking 22.73 secs.

India’s Olympic hopeful Srabani has been training at Jamaica’s MVP Track Club for close to two years now.

Notably, the Velocity Fest is the first competition organised in Jamaica since March.

Srabani Nanda was part of the bronze medal-winning team in women’s 4×100 metres relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. She won the first international gold medal in the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati.