Nethra Kumanan was the first to make the cut as she became the first Indian woman sailor to qualify for the Games in laser radial class.
Hyderabad: The Tokyo Games will be the high point for Indian sailing. For the first time in Indian history, a record four sailors will compete at the game. This is also the first time that India will field sailors in three events.
So far, India had competed in only one event in all earlier editions while two sailors represented India on four occasions. Nethra Kumanan was the first to make the cut as she became the first Indian woman sailor to qualify for the Games in laser radial class. She achieved the rare feat during the Mussanah Open Championship which is an Asian Olympic qualifying event.
Later, Vishnu Saravan and the pair of Ganapathy Chengappa and Varun Thakkar made the cut during the Asian Qualifiers in Oman. Sararavan finished second in the overall standings in the event to book the berth for the Olympic Games. In the 49er class, Chengappa and Thakkar finished on the top of the points table that earned them the Olympic berth.
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