Tokyo Video games: Nethra Kumanan makes historical past, first Indian lady sailor to qualify for Olympics | Different Sports activities Information
Chennai-based Nethra Kumanan created historical past, changing into the primary Indian lady sailor to safe an Olympic quota place by taking an unassailable lead within the Laser Radial occasion within the Mussanah Open Championship on Wednesday (April 7). Because of Kumanan’s large 21-point lead over her closest competitor, all that the 22-year-old must do on Thursday is simply full the Medal race with none incident.
Kumanan was in elegant type, ending Race 9 and 10 in first and second positions, respectively. The primary Indian lady to win a crusing World Cup medal final 12 months has 18 nett factors, whereas her nearest rival, Hong Kong’s Stephanie Norton, is positioned fourth with 41 factors going into Thursday’s Medal race.
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An engineering pupil on the SRM Faculty in Chennai, Kumanan has represented the nation on the 2014 and 2018 Asian Video games in Incheon and Jakarta, respectively. Kumanan mentioned a one-and-a-half 12 months teaching stint below Hungarian coach Tamas Eszes at Gran Canaria in Spain has made an enormous distinction.
“In Grand Canaria, I skilled with lots of high quality worldwide sailors that helped me rather a lot,” the winner of the Crusing World Cup sequence bronze in Miami final 12 months mentioned.
4 Indian sailors enter Tokyo Olympics
In a historic first for India, 4 sailors from the nation will compete at this year’s Olympics after Vishnu Saravanan and the pair of Ganapathy Chengappa and Varun Thakkar made the reduce for Tokyo on the Asian Qualifiers in Oman on Thursday (April 8).
It is usually the primary time that India will compete in three crusing occasions within the Olympics. To date, India had competed in just one occasion in all the sooner Olympics although two sailors represented the nation on 4 events.
“Sure, historical past has been scripted. 4 Indian sailors have certified for Olympics to compete in three occasions. It is the utmost variety of sailors certified and likewise in variety of occasions,” Yachting Affiliation of India joint secretary common Capt Jitendra Dixit instructed information company PTI.
Tomasz Januszewski, the Indian crusing coach, mentioned it was a results of ‘years of laborious work by sailors, their dad and mom and coaches’.
“Honest congratulations to our champions for creating this historic day and taking Indian crusing to a complete new stage,” he mentioned from Oman.
He additionally thanked the Sports activities Ministry, the Sports activities Authority of India and the Yachting Affiliation of India for fixed help.
Later, the duo of Chengappa and Thakkar completed on prime of the factors desk within the 49er Class. The 2 had received a bronze medal within the 2018 Asian Video games in Indonesia.
“I congratulate Indian athletes Nethra Kumanan, KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar who’ve certified for Tokyo Olympic in crusing. I am notably pleased with the quota of Nethra, who’s India’s first-ever feminine sailor to qualify for the Olympics!” tweeted sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju.
(with company inputs)