Nethra Kumanan, a second-year engineering student of SRMIST (SRM Institute of Science and Technology),Kattankulathur situated at Tamil Nadu has become the first Indian woman sailor to qualify for the upcoming Olympics.
She will be representing India in sailing and confirmed her berth in the Tokyo Olympics recently.
Kumanan qualified for the Tokyo Olympics by coming first at the Laser Radial event in the Mussanah Open Championship, a joint Asian and African Olympic qualifying event.
She has represented the country at the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games in Incheon and Jakarta, respectively.
She became the first Indian woman to win a World Cup medal in sailing when she clinched a bronze medal at 2020 Sailing World Cup in Miami, USA.
The 23-year-old professional sailor is a resident of Chennai who is under training in the Canary Islands, Spain now.