Maana Patel had taken a confirmation berth to the Olympics by Universality quota. She was the third Indian swimmer to have qualified after Srihari Natarajan and Sajan Prakash achieved Olympic qualification timing 'A' level recently.
The swimming federation of India said that Maana Patel participation in the Tokyo Olympics has been confirmed through the universality quota. Maana will take part in the 100 m backstrokes at the Tokyo games.
The Universality quota allowed the selection of one female and one male participant to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. Same-gender of two candidates will not be allowed.
Maana Patel said about the Tokyo Olympics that " It's an amazing feeling. I have heard a lot about the Olympics from my fellow swimmers. I visited pictures and videos on television, but I will be one of them in the Olympics. competing with world’s best just gives me goosebumps, she said.
21-year-old Maana Patel sustained an ankle injury. She came back this year only. As a swimmer it very hard to maintain distance from water, it results in frustration.
In April, her first event of the year was Uzbekistan open swimming championship, where she clocked 1: 04: 47 seconds for the gold medal. Maana says that " I was happy with my timing in Uzbekistan. Nothing great. But to get back into competitive racing and managing 1:04 was good. I knew I was on the right track", she says.
I'm not searching for much more here . I'm just searching for experience in swimming and the Olympics. 2023 is an important special year for us. I see the commonwealth games and Asian Games are the real opportunities, she said.
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