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Indian Navy Sailor sails his way to Tokyo Olympics

Star athlete of the Indian Navy, MP Jabir has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the 400m hurdles with a time of 49.78 seconds in the recently concluded Inter-State Athletics Championships in Patiala, a Defence spokesperson said. The 25-year-old Naval sailor is from the Kerala town of Malappuram.

Jabir qualified through the World Ranking Quota, which has 14 seats available. In the World Athletics Road to the Olympics rankings, he is presently ranked 34th out of 40 athletes. Jabir would be the first Indian male athlete to compete in the 400m hurdles at the Olympics when he participates in Tokyo, the spokesperson added. 

Indian Naval sailor qualified for Tokyo Olympics

After, P T Usha, a great athlete from Kerala, competed in the Los Angeles Olympics in the 400-meter hurdles. Jabir is the second person from the state to compete in the Olympics. Jabir follows the legacy of the great athlete P T Usha from Kerala who competed in the Los Angeles Olympics. 

Jabir, POCOM(Tel), has represented the Indian Navy and Services in numerous national and international athletic competitions and has numerous medals to his name. 

The athlete is in the last stages of preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, according to the spokesperson. The Olympic qualification event for the Tokyo Games was the Inter-State Meet.

Jabir ran his last competitive race in 2019 due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic prevented him from competing in major competitions. Jabir continued his training sessions without injuries and began preparations for the Olympics with regular practice with help from the Naval Training squad.

The 2020 Summer Olympics is an international multi-sport event to take place in Tokyo, Japan from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The tournament was postponed due to the pandemic, it was originally slated to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020. The anticipated event will not be open to overseas spectators and fans. Although it has been delayed until 2021, the event is still known as Tokyo 2020 for marketing and branding purposes. The Olympic Games have been postponed and rescheduled for the first time, rather than being cancelled. After the Olympics, the Summer Paralympics will be held between August 24 and September 5, 2021.

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