Tokyo Paralympics: Indian athlete Prachi Yadav enters into the semifinals of Women’s VL2 Canoe sprint event

The first Indian to participate in a Paracanoeing event Prachi Yadav reaches the semifinals in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

The Indian Para canoe athlete Prachi Yadav qualifies for the semifinals in the Women’s VL2 Canoe Sprint event in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Prachi is the first Indian athlete to compete in the Canoe event at the Paralympics. She made her debut in the canoeing sprint event in this year’s Paralympic games.

The first Indian Para canoe athlete performed exquisitely well in the heat 1 round of the Women’s VL2 Canoe Sprint event. She finished in the fourth position in the first round. The 26-year-old who is from Bhopal took only 1 minute, 11 seconds to complete the Heat 1 round sprint. It was a massive display from the Para athlete who has paralysis below her waist. The canoe sprint event is played every year in the Paralympic Games. This year, Indians can also enjoy watching it as one of their girls is also participating in the event.

Prachi Yadav was ranked at the 4th position after the Heat 1 round ended. Emma Wiggs of Great Britain finished 1st who only took 58.084 seconds to complete the sprint. Prachi lags her (Emma Wiggs) by 13.014 seconds. Whereas, Republic of China’s Paracanoe athlete Maria Nikiforova finished 2nd, and Canadian Para-athlete Brianna Hennessy finished 3rd in the Heat 1 qualifying round in the Women’s LV2 Canoe Sprint event. Now, the Indian first para canoe athlete, Prachi will be playing in the semifinal match on Friday, 3rd September.

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