Mana is the third Indian swimmer to qualify for the Olympics
Earlier, two swimmers qualified for India. Malayalee Sajan Prakash and Sreehari Nataraju are the two athletes who will be hoping for a medal in the swimming pool for India. If both of them qualify after passing the Olympic A level qualifying marks, Mana’s Olympic entry will be in the ‘University Quota’. Union Sports Minister Kiran Riju tweeted congratulating Mana on her achievement. The Sports Authority of India has also expressed its congratulations.
The 21-year-old Mana has won two gold, three silver and one bronze medal at the South Asian Games. Mana won all these medals at the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati. The player can be proud of being able to achieve such a great feat at a young age. Mana has been practicing swimming since the age of seven. No one has yet broken Mana’s record in 2015 in the 100m black stroke at the school games. Mana won three gold medals at the 2018 National Senior Aquatic Championships.
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At the same time, Mana’s Olympic entry is within the university quota, so the star has no high expectations. The player aims to gain useful experiences in the future from the fair which is attended by world class players. The athlete said that he does not have high hopes for the Olympics and is looking forward to the year 2023. The 21-year-old is aiming for a podium at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, which have been held for more than two years.
The Tokyo Olympics kick off on the 23rd of this month. More than 11,000 athletes in 339 categories are expected to take part in the long-running Olympics amid the Kovid crisis. There are a lot of promising Indian players this time around. Many young athletes have qualified for the Olympics.
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