World sailing

Vishnu Saravanan finishes 25th out of 135 entrants at ILCA Sailing World Championship

Indian sailor Vishnu Saravanan finished the race in 25th place after climbing nine positions on the penultimate day to finish much higher than expected. Still, Mohit Saini finished in 106th position on the penultimate day of the 2021 Men’s Laser World Championship in Barcelona. Vishnu described that he can compete among the best sailors as he has produced an excellent performance in each of his last three races.

The Tokyo Olympian started the day with an 11th place finish in the Golden Fleet as the Golden Feet were made up of the top 68 sailors. However, in the next two races he crashed a bit and could only manage a 33rd and 29th place finish. This brought his total to 139. In qualifying races, Vishnu finished in 15th, 10th, 46th, 26th and 15th positions. Saini failed to match Vishnu’s performance and slipped from 83rd to 106th position. Saini finished his fleet silver races and placed 49th and 50th among 67 sailors. New Zealander Thomas Saunders won the race with a net total of 23 points. Irish sailor Finn Lynch came second with 37 points.

Vishnu’s historic feat to compete in the Olympics

For the first time ever at the Olympics, an Indian sailor competed in more than one sailing event as Vishnu Saravanan qualified for the Tokyo Games in the Laser STD class. In the Asian qualifier held in Oman, Vishnu finished second and booked his place for the first event held in August this year. Nethra Kumanan also qualified for the Tokyo Olympics through the Mussanah Open Championship, which is an Asian Olympic qualifying event. She became the first Indian sailor to qualify for the Games in the laser radial event.

Saravanan was stuck in third position until the last day of the event but raced to second position due to his extraordinary performance on the last day. He snatched the Olympic spot from Thai Keerati Bualong when he was second until the penultimate day. Vishnu finished 15th at the Olympics.