First Indian Female Swimmer to qualify Tokyo 2020 Olympics

05 July 2021 Current Affairs:

Maana Patel has grown to be the first girl and solely 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. She is a 21-year-old backstroke swimmer from Ahmedabad who has won gold medals in the 50-metre backstroke and 200-metre backstroke at National Games. She also gained gold in the 100-metre backstroke at the sixtieth 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 2018, she secured three gold medals at the 72nd Senior National Aquatic Championships.

Maana Patel:
♦ She was born on March 18, 2000. She is an Indian backstroke swimmer from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She began at the age of seven. At 13, she clocked 2:23.41s in 200m backstrokes at the fortieth Junior National Aquatics Championship in Hyderabad. In 2019, she gained six medals (1 gold, 4 silvers, 1 bronze) at the 10th Asian Age-group Championships, Bangalore. She has won eleven international, 61 countrywide and seventy five-country degree medals; as of 2016.

Backstroke or back crawl:
♦ It is one of 4 swimming styles used in competitive events which are regulated by using FINA. This style swims on the back. This swimming fashion has a gain of convenient breathing. However, swimmers are not able to see where they are going. It marks a distinct beginning from different three opposition swimming styles. It is similar to an upside-down front crawl or freestyle.

Summer or Tokyo Olympics:
♦ This event will begin 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 the covid-19 pandemic. 2020 Games will be the second time Japan has hosted the Summer Olympic Games—the first being in Tokyo in 1964. Tokyo has come to be the first city in Asia to host Summer Games twice.

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