Three-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter is confident that with a reputed coach for guidance, Indian sprinters can reach the highest level in the future. Jeter also added that she was impressed with Dutee Chand’s performances and encouraged more young ladies to follow in her footsteps.
Behind every successful sports professional is a good coach, who can nurture the inborn talent in him or her to blossom on the world stage. And although she has scaled the highest pinnacles of sprinting, this is a principle that Jeter — the international event ambassador at the 15th edition of the Delhi Half Marathon — still holds on to as true.
“I feel that all sprinters need good coaches. If a big name coaches Indian athletes, then you will certainly see a rise of Indian sprinters in the future,” Jeter was quoted saying by Scroll.
“I have seen Dutee Chand compete at the Olympic Games. She has done some remarkable things. I hope more young ladies will step up and represent the country."
During her time, she held the world record with a winning time of 10.64 seconds at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in 2009, etching her name in history as the second-fastest woman ever in the 100 meters event. The 39-year-old was also a part of the historic 4x100m USA team which set the world record at the 2012 Olympic Games.
“It was a moment for the USA team. It was a special team out there. People think that four of the fastest runners form a good 4x100m group, but no, a team has to have four people who trust each other and have chemistry. It was great to share a gold medal with a team. Winning a medal with three other women was even more special,” Jeter added.