Indian backstroke swimmer Maana Patel on 2nd July became the 1st woman and 3rd Indian swimmer from the nation to get her 2020 Summer Olympics ticket. Maana Patel, a swimmer from Ahmedabad city, joins Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash to have them equipped for the events and gotten a direct entry. The news was affirmed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju and said I salute her, who qualified through Universality Quota”. She is a perfect athlete for this event and has won gold medals in 50 metres backstroke event and 200-meters backstroke event.
The Universality quota permits 1 man and 1 woman contender from a nation to take part in the Summer Olympics, given no other swimmer from a similar gender role qualifies for the Summer Olympics Games or gets an invite from International Swimming Federation and it is dependent on their OST. Maana Patel stated that “It is a great feeling for me. I have learned from the Olympics from individual swimmers and watched it on the TV and seen a ton of photos. However, to be there this time, contending with the best on the planet, simply gives me cold creeps.”
Maana Patel additionally secured a gold medal in the 100-meters backstroke event at the national games in 2015 breaking the domestic record in backstroke. Maana Patel was chosen for the Olympic events. This occasion had denoted the 1st run through a backstroke swimmer was secured in. In 2018, she got 3 golds at the Aquatic Championships in India, and at the Senior National Aquatic Championships in Kerala 3 years ago, she got every award on those events.
At the Belgrade event, she gave her good performance in the nationals in the 100 meters backstroke events. “One thing that I guaranteed was that I needed to take advantage of each chance. I had my timetable coordinated. My intake was controlled. I would not like to leave anything to risk. I timed 1:03 at Belgrade, the objective is to go 1:02 or lower in Tokyo.”
With the universality quota which isn’t even the qualifying time mark, she realizes that Olympics for her is more about acquiring experience. “I’m not searching for much here, simply the experience of swimming at the Olympic games. The 2023 year is a significant year for us. I see the Commonwealth and Asian Games as a genuine chance for a platform finish”.