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Meet Nethra Kumanan, The First Indian Woman To Win A Medal At The Sailing World Cup

Meet Nethra Kumanan, The First Indian Woman To Win A Medal At The Sailing World Cup

There's almost nothing that women can't do. From winning the Olympics to being awarded and honoured at Davos, Indian women have been smashing stereotypes in more ways than one. The latest name to be added to this list is a women sailor from Chennai who has made us proud internationally.

Nethra Kumanan is the first Indian woman to have won a medal at the Sailing World Cup. She clinched a bronze medal in the second round of the prestigious Hempel World Series which was held in Miami, the United States on January 25. What lies at stake is the Tokyo 2020 Games qualification. Kumanan finished behind Erika Reineke and Vasileia Karachaliou in the laser radial category and we're so proud.

Nethra trains at the Canary Islands in Spain and she also represented the country in 2014 and then later in 2018 at the Asian Games held at Jakarta. While she finished fourth in the Asian Games event in 2018, she also credited her calm temperament for all of her medal-winning performances during different World Championships.

While interacting with the media, Nethra said that it was one of the most memorable wins for her. "After winning the medal race on the final day, I didn't realise my performance had helped me win bronze until a fellow sailor had informed me. It was one of the most memorable wins for me," she said.

Sailing event at Hempel World Series
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The immensely talented sailor will now be aiming for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Nethra will get a big chance to qualify for the multi-national event if she is able to finish in the top-two at the Asian Sailing Championships that are to be conducted in Abu Dhabi from March 15, 2020 (less than two months). Here's wishing her all the luck!

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