Maana Patel Becomes First Indian Swimmer To Qualify For Tokyo Olympics And Gets Direct Entry | Olympic Games
- Indian Maana Patel on Friday became the first woman and third swimmer in the country to land her ticket to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
Indian Maana Patel on Friday became the first woman and third swimmer in the country to land her ticket to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Patel, a backstroke swimmer from Ahmedabad, joins Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash for being qualified for the event and get direct entry. The development was confirmed by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
“Backstroke swimmer Maana Patel became the 1st woman and the 3rd Indian swimmer to qualify for # Tokyo2020. I congratulate Maana, who qualified thanks to the universality quota. Well done !!” he said. tweeted.
Patel, 21, is a decorated athlete who won gold medals in the 50m backstroke and 200m backstroke also at the National Games. She also won gold in the 100-meter backstroke at the 60th National School Games (2015) breaking the national record in backstroke.
In 2015, Patel was selected for the Olympic gold quest, marking the first time a swimmer had been roped. Three years later, in 2018, Patel won three gold medals at the 72nd National Senior Aquatic Championships. At the Senior National Championships in Thiruvananthapuram in 2018, Patel swept all three backstroke events.