Nethra Kumanan did on Thursday what no Indian has finished earlier than — she certified for the Tokyo Olympics by coming first on the Laser Radial occasion within the Mussanah Open Championship, a joint Asian and African Olympic qualifying occasion, on Thursday.
Kumanan would be the tenth Indian to qualify for a crusing occasion within the Olympics, however all the sooner 9 had been male athletes. All the sooner 9 had made it to the Olympics by getting quota locations that would not be stuffed up. Kumanan is the primary Indian to have booked a direct quota place by topping a qualifier.
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Kumanan had taken an unassailable lead within the Laser Radial occasion on Wednesday itself. Her 21-point lead over the chasing pack had nearly ensured her qualification to the Olympics, and an incident-free occasion on Thursday noticed formalities being accomplished.
Laser Radial is a singlehanded boat, which signifies that it’s sailed by just one individual.
The Indians to beforehand qualify for crusing at Olympics had been Nachhatar Singh Johal (2008), Shroff and Sumeet Patel (2004), F Tarapore and Cyrus Cama (1992), Kelly Rao (1988), Dhruv Bhandari (1984), Soli Contractor and AA Basith (1972).
An engineering pupil on the SRM School in Chennai, Kumanan has represented the nation on the 2014 and 2018 Asian Video games in Incheon and Jakarta, respectively. She turned the primary Indian girl to win a World Cup medal in crusing when she clinched a bronze medal at 2020 Crusing World Cup in Miami, USA. She is going to now turn out to be the primary Indian girl sailor to signify the nation on the Olympics.