Indian backstroke swimmer Maana Patel has become the 1st female and only the 3rd swimmer from India to qualify Tokyo Olympics 2021 ticket.

  • Maana Patel joins Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash to have qualified for the Olympics.
  • 21-year-old backstroke swimmer from Ahmedabad who have won gold medals in 50 metre backstroke and 200 metre backstroke at National Games.
  • Maana also won gold in 100 metre backstroke at 60th National School Games (2015) and broke the national record in backstroke.
  • She was selected for Olympic Gold Quest in 2015 making it the first time a swimmer was roped in.
  • In the year 2018, she secured three gold medals at 72nd Senior National Aquatic Championships.

About Maana Patel

Maana was born on 18th March 2000. She is an Indian backstroke swimmer from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She started at the age of seven. At 13, she clocked 2:23.41s in 200m backstroke at 40th Junior National Aquatics Championship in Hyderabad.  In the year 2019, she won six medals (1 gold, 4 silvers, 1 bronze) at 10th Asian Age-group Championships, Bangalore. She has won 11 international, 61 national and 75 state level medals; as of 2016.

Backstroke or back crawl

The one among four swimming styles used in competitive events which are regulated by FINA. This style is swum on the back. This swimming style has an advantage of easy breathing. However, swimmers are not able to see where they are going. It marks a different start from other three competition swimming styles. It is similar to an upside-down front crawl or freestyle.

2020 Tokyo Olympics

This event will start from 23rd July to 8th August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Originally it was scheduled from 24 July to 9 August 2020. But it was postponed and rescheduled for the first time amid covid-19 pandemic. 2020 Games will be the second time that Japan has hosted Summer Olympic Games. First being also in Tokyo in 1964. Tokyo has become the first city in Asia to host Summer Games twice.

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