Nethra Kumanan is the only Indian so far to have directly won the Olympic quota by topping the qualifiers.
Netra Kumman is India’s top seller
The Tokyo Olympics are going to be very special for India. This time India is going to participate in some such games in which it has never taken before. CA Bhavani achieved the quota of fencing. Now India’s top woman cellar (sailor) Netra Kumanan has created history by winning the Olympic quota by taking a big lead in the Laser Radial event of the Musana Open Championship.
Kumman has also become the first woman sailing player of India to achieve the Olympic quota. 22-year-old Kumman gained 21 points. Now he will have to finish the race with a medal on Thursday. Kumman finished first and second in Race-9 and Race-10 respectively. Kumannan’s close rival Stephanie Norton of Hong Kong finished fourth with 41 points.
History made by Netra
Netra would thus be the 10th Indian to qualify for the sailing event in the Olympics, but all nine sailors were men before her. Nachhatar Singh Johal (2008), Shroff and Sumit Patel (2004), F Tarapore and Cyrus Cama (1992), Kelli Rao (1988), Dhruv Bhandari (1984), Soli Contractor and AA Basit (1972) before sailing in the Olympics. There are Indians who qualify.
Netra is the only Indian to have won the quota directly by topping the qualifiers, while the nine Olympic yacht riders had won the quota earlier when they were not filled.
Kumman’s name and many records
Kumman is a woman sailing player of India who won the medal with 18 net points in the World Cup last year. Kummanan, a student of Engineer at SRM College, Chennai, represented the country at the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games. Meanwhile, India’s pair of Varun Thakkar and KC Ganapathy topped the 49er class by finishing fourth, second and third in Race-13, 14 and 15 respectively. The Indian pair will have to remain in the top-6 on Thursday to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
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