**Bhubaneswar:** Four Odisha athletes have made their State proud as they have been placed at top in different categories of the National Athletes Rankings 2017 by the Athletes Federation of India (AFI). According to their declaration, Odisha sprinter Amiya Kumar Mallick was ranked number one in men’s 100m category whereas Dutee Chand has notched it in the female category.
Srabani Nanda was ranked first in women’s 200 metre spring category and followed Dutee Chand in 100 m category. Similarly, Dutee secured second in 200m category.
Likewise, Purnima Hembram was placed first in the women’s 100 metre hurdles category and secured the second rank in women’s heptathlon category.
Jauna Murmu got the second rank in women’s 400 metre hurdles category.
Odisha CM congratulated the athletes for their achievement through his twitter handle.
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
Based on their timing in various national and international events, the AFI ranked top 20 athletes in each category.