‘History has been scripted’: Four Indian sailors to compete in Tokyo Olympics


In a historic first for India, 4 sailors from the nation will compete at this yr’s Olympics after Vishnu Saravanan and the pair of Ganapathy Chengappa and Varun Thakkar made the minimize for Tokyo in the Asian Qualifiers in Oman.

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

It can also be the primary time that India will compete in three crusing occasions in the Olympics.

So far, India had competed in just one occasion in all the sooner Olympics although two sailors represented the nation on 4 events.

”Yes, historical past has been scripted. Four Indian sailors have certified for Olympics to compete in three occasions. It’s the utmost variety of sailors certified and likewise in variety of occasions,” Yachting Association of India joint secretary common Capt Jitendra Dixit informed PTI.

”Nethra already certified on Wednesday and right this moment Vishnu after which the pair of Ganapathy and Varun made it.” On Thursday, Saravanan was the primary to qualify for the Tokyo Games in Laser Standard Class after ending second in the general standings.

Later, the duo of Chengappa and Thakkar completed on high of the factors desk in the 49er Class. Two sailors make a group in the 49er Class whereas laser class is a single sailor occasion.

Also, two sailors qualify for Tokyo Olympics from laser class occasions whereas just one group can achieve this in the 49er class. Saravanan was third until the penultimate day on Wednesday however gained the medal race on Thursday to leap to second place general with 53 factors and e-book a Tokyo Olympics quota. The Indian pipped Thailand’s Keerati Bualong (57 factors), who was second until Wednesday, for the Tokyo Games spot.

Singapore’s Ryan Lo Jun Han (31 factors) was first general in the Laser Standard Class desk.

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”Till Wednesday, Vishnu was third behind the Thai sailor although each had been on similar factors. Today in the medal race, Vishnu completed first and so naturally he ended above the Thai sailor in factors desk,” Dixit mentioned.

”Two sailors qualify for Olympics in laser class and Vishnu completed second. The Singapore sailor was properly above Vishnu earlier than right this moment and so Vishnu couldn’t dislodge him (from high place).” Kumanan completed sixth in the laser radial class medal race on Thursday however nonetheless ended at second general with 30 factors to verify the Olympics spot.

Dutchwoman Emma Savelon (29 factors), who completed fourth in 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 general, 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 in the 470 class in the 1984 Olympics. Tarapore and Kelly Rao took half in the identical occasion in the 1988 Games. Tarapore — in his third Olympics — and Cyrus Cama took half in the identical 470 class in the 1992 Barcelona Games earlier than Malav Shroff and Sumeet Patel competed in 49er class skiff in the 2004 Athens Olympics.


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