Paralympics: Canoeist Prachi Yadav reaches final


Indian canoeist Prachi Yadav has qualified for the final of the Women’s Va’a Single 200m VL2 by finishing third in the semifinal race conducted on Friday.

Prachi, the 26-year-old from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh who has paralysis below her waist due to polio and uses her upper body to move the boat, finished third in 1 minute 07.397 seconds. She was placed third behind Great Britain’s Jeanette Chippington (1:01.167) and Canada’s Brianna Hennessy (1:06.316) in the five-boat race at the Sea Forest Waterway.

Friday’s timing by Prachi was a big improvement on the 1:11.098 she clocked in the heats. Prachi had finished fourth in the Heat 1 that got her a place in the semifinals. It is also an improvement on the 1:18.31 she clocked while finishing 10th in the World Championship in Szegred, Hungary in 2019.

Prachi, who switched to canoeing from para-swimming in 2018 and learned the sport on a makeshift boat designed by her coach Mayank Thakur, trains at the Lower Lake in Bhopal. She is into para-sports since 2007 when she started swimming.

The final will be held later in the day.