4 Indian sailors to compete in Tokyo Olympics as Ganapathy Chengappa-Varun Thakkar pair, Vishnu Saravanan qualify

4 Indian sailors to compete in Tokyo Olympics as Ganapathy Chengappa-Varun Thakkar pair, Vishnu Saravanan qualify

Nethra Kumanan turned the primary Indian girl sailor to qualify for the Video games in Tokyo within the laser radial occasion within the Mussanah Open Championship, which is an Asian Olympic qualifying occasion.

Four Indian sailors to compete in Tokyo Olympics as Ganapathy Chengappa-Varun Thakkar pair, Vishnu Saravanan qualify

Vishnu Saravanan piped Thailand’s Keerati Bualong for the Tokyo Video games spot. Twitter/@KirenRijiju

New Delhi: 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 reduce for Tokyo within the Asian Qualifiers in Oman.

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

It is usually the primary time that India will compete in three crusing occasions within the Olympics.

To this point, 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 the 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 basic Capt Jitendra Dixit instructed 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 Video games in Laser Commonplace Class after ending second within the total standings.

Later, the duo of Chengappa and Thakkar completed on high of the factors desk within the 49er Class. The 2 had received a bronze medal within the 2018 Asian Video games in Indonesia.

Two sailors make a crew 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 crew can achieve this within the 49er class.

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

“I congratulate Vishnu Saravanan who has certified for Tokyo Olympic within the Laser Std Class Crusing occasion on the Mussanah Championships. Our athletes are making a mark in all disciplines!” tweeted sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju.

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 Commonplace Class desk.

“Until Wednesday, Vishnu was third behind the Thai sailor although each had been on similar factors. At the moment within the medal race, Vishnu completed first and so naturally he ended above the Thai sailor on the factors desk,” Dixit stated.

“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 within the laser radial class medal race on Thursday however nonetheless ended at second total with 30 factors to substantiate 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-about 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.


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