November 30, 2023

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Maana Patel has become the first female and only the third 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 have won gold medals in 50 metre backstroke and 200 metre backstroke at National Games.
  • She also won gold in 100 metre backstroke at 60th 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 72nd Senior National Aquatic Championships.

Maana Patel

She was born on March 18, 2000. She is an Indian backstroke swimmer from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She started at the age of seven. At 13, she clocked 2:23.41s in 200m backstroke at 40th Junior National Aquatics Championship in Hyderabad.  In 2019, she won six medals (1 gold, 4 silvers, 1 bronze) at 10th Asian Age-group Championships, Bangalore. She has won 11 international, 61 national and 75 state level medals; as of 2016.

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