Indian swimmer Maana Patel recovers from surgical procedure, eyes Asian Video games qualification 

Published:Mar 9, 202412:37
Indian swimmer Maana Patel recovers from surgical procedure, eyes Asian Video games qualification 

Maana Patel, the one Indian lady swimmer to have certified for the Tokyo Olympics final yr, is trustworthy — brutally so. In her phrases, she “choked” below stress on the Tokyo Video games. Admitting that to herself is among the many steps she is taking to turn out to be the most effective she will be.  

Three surgical procedures after the Nationwide Video games have stored Maana, 22, away from the pool for some time. She is just a few days away from finishing her restoration course of and is eager on coming into the pool for low season coaching. Her eyes are on qualifying for the Asian Video games subsequent yr. 

Maana had a formidable run on the Senior Nationwide Aquatic Championship 2022 in September, profitable 4 gold medals and two bronze. She obtained little time to peak for the Nationwide Video games that adopted, however received three gold medals, two silver and one bronze. Maana broke her meet document in her favoured occasion, the 100m backstroke, on the Nationwide Video games by nearly a second, clocking 1:04.35, on the best way to a gold medal.

On this interview with  Sportstar, the Gujarat swimmer talks in regards to the classes from Tokyo Olympics, her equation with different swimmers, coping with menstruation throughout competitions, and extra. 

Q Did the ‘solely Indian girls to qualify for Tokyo Olympics’ tag put you below stress? What was your psychological state then, and what had been the teachings from the expertise?   

Yeah, there was a variety of stress as it's each athlete’s dream to signify the nation on the Olympics. The truth that I used to be competing within the Olympics put a variety of stress on me, and folks had expectations. Nevertheless, I couldn’t deal with the efficiency stress properly. That’s one motive why I didn’t do properly. I swam properly throughout coaching earlier than my race and hoped to get a very good time, however on the day of my race, every thing went down. I went down the stress spiral and choked. My lesson from that have was that I learnt how to deal with stress, stress. This expertise has made me stronger and taught me to detach myself from the scenario. 

Q There are a number of youthful swimmers comparable to Ridhima Veerendra Kumar, Hashika Ramachandra and seasoned professionals like Richa Mishra, you stand within the center; what are your ideas on competing with these two generations?

The youthful technology is arising, and I’m joyful to see everybody performing properly. Ridhima, Hashika, Dhinidhi Desinghu and Apeksha Fernandes are all good skills, and are doing very properly for his or her age, and Richa has been on the circuit the longest. It’s superb to see how completely different age teams are nonetheless going robust and performing properly regardless of the challenges. I’m someplace within the center, however I believe that is the strongest I've been mentally and bodily.   

Q Menstruation will be very tough to deal with in common life — how do you cope with it throughout competitions? Have you ever been taught the right way to cope with intervals/cramps whereas coaching, and is your coaching completely different then?   

I’m knowledgeable athlete, so can’t take off after I’m on my interval. I wasn’t taught the right way to cope with it, however a variety of swimmers use tampons whereas racing. I needed to communicate to my gynaecologist and different athletes to see what they do and the way they cope with it. My coach, Nihar Ameen, is properly conscious of what girls undergo by way of temper swings and cramps and the right way to cope with them throughout coaching. I’m very comfy opening up about this with my coach, and he’s at all times there for me, understands the scenario and guides me on the right way to get by it. For me, the second day is fairly exhausting, I really feel drained out and don’t like chilly water touching me, and it’s simply actually exhausting to get by it. Within the case of health club periods that day, it’s tougher. My health club and my swimming coaches are understanding after I inform them, and are okay if I take it a bit of straightforward that day. It’s essential to have such individuals round you if you're in sports activities.   

Q Peaking is essential in swimming, and doing it in two consecutive competitions is hard. How did you peak for the senior nationals and the Nationwide Video games held inside a fortnight?   

That’s a very good query. We solely had about 12 days between the senior nationals and the Nationwide Video games. It was tough to handle each, however the Nationwide Video games being a much bigger occasion, and going down after seven years, made me give attention to it. The senior nationals had been extra of a preparatory-training meet to see the place I stood, what form I used to be in. A number of swimmers pulled out of the nationals to focus on the Nationwide Video games. I had the choice, however ready mentally for each as soon as the schedule was introduced.

Maana had an impressive run at the Senior National Aquatic Championship 2022 in September. She got little time to peak for the National Games that followed, but won three gold medals, two silver and one bronze.

Maana had a formidable run on the Senior Nationwide Aquatic Championship 2022 in September. She obtained little time to peak for the Nationwide Video games that adopted, however received three gold medals, two silver and one bronze. | Photograph Credit score: RITU RAJ KONWAR

Q You received extra gold medals on the senior nationals than on the Nationwide Video games; would you say your efficiency was higher throughout the nationals? 

It was fairly first rate, contemplating that I had a three-day drop and the main focus was on the Nationwide Video games. I had peaked way back in Could after I obtained India’s finest time within the 100m backstroke in Canet, France. My purpose was to swim sooner and get the most effective Indian time once more on the Nationwide Video games, however that didn’t occur. It’s low season now, and I’m making an attempt to take a break.   

Q Do you suppose there's a distinction in your efficiency on the 2021 and 2022 senior nationals?   

On the Nationals final yr, I used to be not feeling it because the occasion passed off three months after the Olympics. I used to be going by loads mentally. I didn’t need to swim and wished to take an extended break. It was the primary time I misplaced my races, particularly the backstroke ones. This yr, I redeemed and corrected myself. I disliked the thoughts area I went to race with final yr and wished to make issues proper for myself.   

Q Earlier, you talked about that you simply had been on a break because it’s low season, what has your routine been like?   

It began with three surgical procedures, and I’ve recovered solely within the final couple of days. I had a spur development, i.e., an additional bone development on each side of the septum of my nostril. So, I had deviated nasal septum correction together with the elimination of my adenoids and tonsils. I used to be in a variety of ache at the beginning of my break, and recovering from it was not straightforward, however I'll enter my low season coaching quickly. This coaching, not like my coaching throughout the season, will probably be comparatively enjoyable. I must get again into the pool. I’m simply recovering from the surgical procedure and taking a variety of relaxation because the treatment is heavy, so I’m resting at house.   

Q How do you intend your low season coaching, and what occasion are you coaching for subsequent?   

We're getting inputs from an skilled coach to get match outdoors the pool throughout the low season.