Tokyo Olympics: Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra, G Sathiyan amongst 4 Indians to qualify | Different Sports activities Information
The seasoned Achanta Sharath Kamal on Thursday (March 18) turned the primary Indian paddler to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Video games after a dominant win over Pakistan’s Muhammad Rameez on the Asian Olympic Qualification match in Doha.
The veteran Indian thrashed Rameez 11-4, 11-1, 11-5, 11-4 in little over 22 minutes within the second males’s singles round-robin match within the South Asia group. India’s second-highest-ranked feminine participant Sutirtha Mukherjee additionally certified for the Video games after a 4-2 (7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 4-11, 11-5, 11-4) win in opposition to her top-ranked Indian compatriot Manika Batra.
Regardless of her defeat in opposition to Sutirtha, Manika is also set to make the cut due to her rating. Kamal had misplaced his opening match 9/11, 13-15, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10, 9/11, 8-11 to compatriot Gnansekaran Sathiyan.
The win over Rameez ensured not less than a second-place end for Kamal and it was sufficient to safe a spot within the delayed Video games, scheduled to start in July. One quota is awarded to the highest-ranked second-placed participant within the occasion. Sharath being the top-ranked participant within the group, secured the berth below the Asian quota.
It will likely be Kamal’s fourth look on the Olympic Video games. “It was a very good match in opposition to Sathiyan however I made some errors and he capitalised on them to win the match. I used to be a bit nervous earlier than taking part in in opposition to Rameez as I had by no means confronted him earlier than.
“However after the primary few video games I used to be assured that my technique was working and I executed it nicely to keep up management,” the world quantity Sharath mentioned.
The 38-year-old Sharath mentioned contemplating the tumultuous 2020, it’s an enormous aid. “Lots of issues have occurred since March 2020. I turned the champion in Oman and was in good contact, was getting ready to play the qualification match in Thailand in simply two weeks and all of a sudden every little thing got here to a standstill.
“I’ve achieved the perfect rankings of my profession and it’s an enormous sigh of aid particularly the best way this yr has been. Although this might be my fourth Olympics, will probably be my finest Olympic Video games.”
Seeking to safe double qualification, Sharath additionally cruised into the semi-finals within the combined doubles with Manika Batra after the pair defeated Mohammed Abdulwahhab and Maha Faramarzi of Qatar 11-6, 11-6, 11-2, 11-3 within the quarters. The star Indian pair, which obtained a bye within the first spherical, will now tackle Koen Pang Yew En and Ye Lin of Singapore within the last-four match on Friday.
Whereas G Sathiyan topped the South Asia group with two wins in as many matches, Sharath Kamal ended because the top-ranked second-placed participant, handing him the sixth slot for Tokyo 2020. This might be a maiden Olympics for G Sathiyan, will probably be a fourth one for veteran Sharath Kamal. G Sathiyan beat Muhammad Rameez in his last match to prime the South Asia group and e-book his place on the Tokyo Video games.