Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
Dattu Baban Bhokanal is an Indian rower who has qualified for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic. He qualified for the Olympics after winning silver in the men’s single sculls event at the FISA Asian and Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta at Chung-ju in South Korea where he clocked 7 minutes and 07.63 seconds. He is the only Indian rower to qualify for the Rio Olympic and is only the ninth rower to represent India in the Olympics.
Bhokanal was born in a stone-crushing labourer family in Talegaon, a tiny village in Maharashtra in 1991. His mother is Asha Bhavana Bhokanal. He works for Indian Army from 2012.
He started rowing in 2012 at the Bombay Engineer Group & Centre (Khadki) Centre in Pune. In 2013, he shifted to Army Rowing Node (ARN), Pune for better training. His first coach was Kusrat Ali. Now he is trained under Dronacharya and chief National rowing coach Ismail Baig at the ARN, Pune.
Dattu is supported by the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme which funds Olympic medal prospects for their training and preparation.
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