Olympian Dhanalakshmi’s sister dies; breaks down on his return to India

After returning from Tokyo in India, Olympian Dhanalakshmi Sekar broke down in tears when she learned of her sister’s death on Sunday.

The 22-year-old, who was a reserve for the 4x400m mixed relay team, returned to the village of Gundur near Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu after the Olympics with fellow sprinter Subha Venkataraman. Minutes after meeting her family, Dhanalakshmi became inconsolable after hearing the tragic news. According to reports, his sister Gayathri breathed her last on July 12.

However, Dhanalakshmi’s family did not notify her of her sick sister’s passing as they wanted her to focus on the competitive event. Speaking to a local channel, Dhanalakshmi’s mother Usha, a daily worker, said Gayathri had been a pillar of support for the athlete.

The sprinter, who had lost her father prematurely, lived with her mother and sister.

According to IANS, Dhanalakshmi had put on a sensational performance in the selection trials at the National Sports Institute (NIS) in Patiala, breaking PT Usha’s record in the 200m qualifiers and also won gold against Dutee Chand in the 100m .

In the 100m she won gold with a time of 11.39 seconds, and in the 200m she set a new record with a time of 23.26 seconds, breaking Usha’s record of 23.30 seconds. established 23 years ago, added an IANS report.

Naomi C. Amerson