Rio Olympics 2016: India’s rower Dattu Bhokanal qualifies

Indian Rower Dattu Bhokanal

New Delhi: Today, on Monday 25th April, India got good news when country’s rower- Dattu Bhokanal is qualified for the Rio Olympics after winning a silver in the finals of Men’s single sculls at the FISA Asian of this year and also Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta at Chung- ju in South Korea.

It is noted that Dattu Bhokanal who has clocked Seven minutes 07.49 seconds in the Two- Kilometres course for finishing second and as such he qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016.

Datuu Bhokanal being only 25 years old of his age is a armyman had earlier won gold medals in the year 2014 in the National Rowing Championships, where he was representing the Services and also represented India at the Asian Games in China in the same year.

However, apart from this good news, India is also having a bad news that it could not book a Rio berth in the light weight double sculls of men as the pair of Vikram Singh and Roopendra Singh finished fifth in the finals and the top list closed to three for qualifying the Olympics in this category.

Last year, it was seen that the said rower- Duttu Bhokanal had won a silver in men’s single sculls in the Sixteenth Asian Rowing Championships in China, it was the best international achievement for him and also for the country.

Moreover, as per Phadnis, who praised Dattu for his short span winning of the top level, said that he can even spring surprise and finish at the podium in Rio Olympic Games.

It is now confirmed that little more training and Dattu Bhokanal will surely get biggest achievement in the Rio Olympics and also in the coming international games. It was also asked to the Phadnis that whether Dattu Bhokanal will sent for the further training for preparing for the said Rio Olympic games to the foreign country, he responded saying that the issue of such training will be discussed with the Bhokanal and his coach after they will return back from Korea. Moreover, he confirmed that though the time is short now, but still surely “he will go for high altitude training.”

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