Meet 22-year-old, India’s first woman sailor Nethra Kumanan

Rahul Kaushik
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Nethra Kumanan, India's first women sailor

Since such news of her Olympic qualification began to spread, Nethra Kumanan has become an overnight success in the country.

Behind several successful results in previous years, Nethra Kumanan was an obscure player in the Indian sporting community until yesterday. However, after word of her qualification for the Tokyo Olympics began to spread, the 22-year-old sailor has become an overnight sensation in the world.

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First-ever direct qualification for an Indian sailor

Nethra Kumanan is the first Indian woman to qualify for the Olympics without competing in a qualifying event. To replace this same quota system that could not be filled, all nine Indians who had previously portrayed India throughout the sport at the Olympics decided to make this to the games.

First Indian women to win a world cup

The first Indian woman to earn gold at the time of a World Cup. Although Nethra Kumanan won a sculpture medal in the 2020 Sails World Cup in Miami, USA, she came to be the first Indian woman to win a World Cup medal in the sport.

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In such a nation of actually a billion, people barely recognized is an out both the sport of boating as generously as the fact, sailors from India end up taking part in global competitions. For all those unacquainted, a 22-year-old girl from Chennai is just like a fresh alleviation. Last year, the girl, who had little appreciation in the Indian sports community, rose to the challenge by offering India a chance at greatness.

Nethra Kumanan made history and became the first Indian woman to win the World Cup medal just at Hempel World Series in Miami, but she now contributes this other first to her resume by qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, making Helen this same natation’s first-ever Indian female sailor to do so. To say the least, it’s historic. And that was before she won a World Cup, Nethra had set her sights here on achievement.

Kumanan has been participating inside the Laser Radial section just at Mussanah Open Sailing Championship, another Asian and African Olympic qualification event. Kumanan is still in the first place since completing ten racing events throughout the category. She only plans to complete the Award Race here on the final day after the contest, Thursday, to be internationally competent again the for Tokyo Olympic games.

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