Sailor Nethra Kumanan set to make historical past | Extra sports activities Information

CHENNAI: Nethra Kumanan is all set to make historical past on Thursday by turning into the primary girl sailor from the nation to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the Mussanah Open Championship at Mussanah, Oman — the Olympic Qualifier for Asia.
All that the 22-year-old from Chennai must do is full the 10-boat medal race with none incident for her to seal the Tokyo berth. On the finish of Day 5 of the races on Wednesday, Nethra was main within the girls’s Laser Radial class with 18 factors.
She is well-ahead of her nearest rival — Stephanie Norton from Hong Kong — who’s on 41 factors. Nethra is forward of the second-placed Emma Charlotte Jeanne Savelon by three factors however the latter isn’t preventing for an Olympics berth on this occasion. Crusing follows a low-scoring system. “I’m extraordinarily pleased with my efficiency within the event and it is going to be an enormous excessive to be representing India on the Olympics — the largest sporting stage. Regardless of an excellent present on this occasion, I nonetheless really feel I can get higher and my focus is presently on the medal race on Thursday,” Nethra instructed TOI on Wednesday. She didn’t have the perfect of begins on this Championship however quickly acquired into her groove from Day 2 and by no means regarded again.
Nethra, a second-year engineering pupil on the SRM school, felt her coaching in Spain for the previous one yr took her sport to a brand new stage. “Whilst many different sailors had been discovering it troublesome to coach as a consequence of covid-19 pandemic, I used to be in a position to take action with a number of the finest in Gran Canaria, a part of Spain’s Canary Islands. Common coaching and crusing throughout lockdown have made me a a lot better sailor than what I used to be earlier than,” she mentioned. Nethra caught the eye of many final yr when she turned the primary Indian girl to win a medal on the Crusing World Cup — a bronze — within the Laser Radial class. “Profitable that medal was an enormous confidence booster for me,” mentioned Nethra, who has represented India within the 2014 Incheon and 2018 Jakarta Asian Video games.
In the meantime, there are different Indians who’re within the hunt for an Olympics berth. Within the 49er class, KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar — on 51 factors — stay within the lead. The duo take pleasure in a 12-point lead over their nearest rivals, Akira Sakai and Russel Williams Ayslworth. Ganapathy and Varun must put of their finest foot ahead to bag the Tokyo ticket.
Within the Laser Commonplace class, Vishnu Saravanan is in third spot and must defeat Keerati Bualong of Thailand and ensure China’s Wu Jiannan and Hong Kong’s Nick Bezy — who’re on 55 factors every — don’t higher him within the medal race.

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