Vishnu joins Nethra for Tokyo Olympics

Vishnu Saravanan on Thursday qualified for the Tokyo Games in Laser STD Class

By   |  Published: 8th Apr 2021  7:41 pm

New Delhi: India will compete in more than one sailing event in an Olympics for the first time after Vishnu Saravanan on Thursday qualified for the Tokyo Games in Laser STD Class after finishing second in the Asian Qualifier in Oman.

Nethra Kumanan on Wednesday became the first Indian woman sailor to qualify for the Games in Tokyo in the laser radial event in the Mussanah Open Championship, which is an Asian Olympic qualifying event.

Saravanan, who was third till the penultimate day on Wednesday, won the medal race on Thursday to jump to second place overall and book a Tokyo Olympics quota.

The Indian pipped Thailand’s Keerati Bualong, who was second till Wednesday, for the Tokyo Games spot. Singapore’s Ryan Lo Jun Han was first overall in the Laser STD Class points table.

Two sailors qualify for the Olympics in the laser class events of the championships.

“Yes, Vishnu has also qualified for the Olympics. Nethra has already qualified on Wednesday,” Yachting Association of India joint secretary general Capt Jitendra Dixit told PTI.

“Till Wednesday, Vishnu was third behind the Thai sailor though both were on same points. Today in the medal race, Vishnu finished first and so naturally he ended above the Thai sailor in points table.


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