Vishnu, Ganapathy-Varun pair qualify for Olympics; four Indian sailors to compete in Tokyo


(From left to proper) Ganapathy Chengappa, Nethra Kumanan, Vishnu Saravanan and Varun Thakkar.

In a historic first for India, 4 sailors from the nation will compete at this 12 months’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.

This was after Nethra Kumanan on Wednesday grew to become the primary Indian lady sailor to qualify for the Olympics within the laser radial occasion within the Mussanah Open Championship, which is an Asian Olympic qualifying occasion.

Additionally it is the primary time that India will compete in three crusing occasions within the Olympics.

Up to now, 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 normal Capt Jitendra Dixit instructed PTI.

“Nethra already certified on Wednesday and at present Vishnu after which the pair of Ganapathy and Varun made it.”

On Thursday, Saravanan was the primary to qualify for the Tokyo Video games in Laser Customary Class after ending second within the total standings.

Later, the duo of Chengappa and Thakkar completed on prime of the factors desk within the 49er Class. The 2 had gained 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 significantly 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.

Two sailors make a group within the 49er Class whereas laser class is a single sailor occasion.

Additionally, two sailors qualify for Tokyo Olympics from laser class occasions whereas just one group can accomplish that within the 49er class.

Saravanan was third until the penultimate day on Wednesday however gained the medal race on Thursday to leap to second place total with 53 factors and e book a Tokyo Olympics quota.

“Our athletes are making a mark in all disciplines!” Rijiju stated.

The Indian pipped Thailand’s Keerati Bualong (57 factors), who was second until Wednesday, for the Tokyo Video games spot.

Singapore’s Ryan Lo Jun Han (31 factors) was first total within the Laser Customary Class desk.

“Until Wednesday, Vishnu was third behind the Thai sailor although each have been on identical factors. In the present day within the medal race, Vishnu completed first and so naturally he ended above the Thai sailor in factors desk,” Dixit stated.

“Two sailors qualify for Olympics in laser class and Vishnu completed second. The Singapore sailor was effectively above Vishnu earlier than at present and so Vishnu couldn’t dislodge him (from prime place).”

Kumanan completed sixth within the laser radial class medal race on Thursday however nonetheless ended at second total with 30 factors to verify the Olympics spot.
Dutchwoman Emma Savelon (29 factors), who completed fourth within the medal race on Thursday, topped the standings however she will’t be thought of for the Asian qualifying spot.

Stephanie Norton of Hong Kong, who completed third total, additionally certified.
There have been 4 situations of two Indian sailors qualifying for the Olympics earlier however they took half in the identical occasion.

The Indian pair of Farokh Tarapore and Dhruv Bhandari competed within the 470 class within the 1984 Olympics. Tarapore and Kelly Rao took half in the identical occasion within the 1988 Video games.

Tarapore — in his third Olympics — and Cyrus Cama took half in the identical 470 class within the 1992 Barcelona Video games earlier than Malav Shroff and Sumeet Patel competed in 49er class skiff within the 2004 Athens Olympics. PTI PDS PM

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