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Tokyo Olympics | Arjun Jat, Arvind Singh become first Indians to reach double sculls semifinals

Indian rowers Arvind Singh (left) and Arjun Lal Jat with the coach Ismail Baig (right) after making it to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics semifinal, in Tokyo, Japan on July 25. 2021. Photo: Special Arrangement  

Rowers Arjun Jat and Arvind Singh were out of contention for an Olympic medal but created history by becoming the first Indian double sculls pair to make it to the semifinals at the Olympics. The two achieved the feat in Tokyo on July 25.

"This is the greatest day of my coaching career," exclaimed coach Ismail Baig.

"Our first target was to finish between 10th and 14th, and we are close to finishing 12th now. This is a remarkable performance given the extremely tough draw," Ismail told The Hindu.

Indian Rowing team at the start of their first race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo, Japan on July 25, 2021. Photo: Twitter/@IndiaRowing

Indian Rowing team at the start of their first race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo, Japan on July 25, 2021. Photo: Twitter/@IndiaRowing  

 

India's previous best in men's double sculls was the 18th- place finish by Manjeet Singh and Sandeep Kumar in London 2012.

"I told the boys to target one team — Uruguay — and they were able to do it in the last 200 m of the race and be in this position," he said.

"We take pride in being the toppers from Asia and rank alongside the best from the other continents," said Ismail.

"There will be two semifinals in the A and B groups and three teams from each will make it to the final. We are hoping for the best even though it is really challenging. Honestly, reaching this far is itself a huge achievement," he added.

"The weather was extremely hot but the water was comfortable for rowing. In fact, Sunday's race was originally scheduled for tomorrow but rescheduled because of a cyclone forecast," said Ismail.

"There will be no competition on Monday and even training looks doubtful," he said.

Ismail and his wards, who have created a storm, can take pride in reaching where no Indians have.


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