|Indian Professional Swimmer
|Physical Stats & More
|Instagram-Maana Patel Height (approx.)
|in centimeters- 167 cm
in meters- 1.67 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
|in kilograms- 60 kg
in pounds- 132 lbs
|• Kamlesh Nanavati
• Peter Carswell
|• Backstroke: 50m, 100m, 200m
• Freestyle: 50m, 4X100m
• Relay medley: 4 × 100m
• Relay Freestyle: 4 × 100m
• 2015: 50m Backstroke at 60th National School Games, Gujrat
• 2016: 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay at South Asian Games, Guwahati
• 2016: 4 x 100m Medley Relay at South Asian Games, Guwahati
• 2018: 50m Backstroke at 72nd Senior National Aquatic Championship, Thiruvananthapuram
• 2018: 100m Backstroke at 72nd Senior National Aquatic Championship, Thiruvananthapuram
• 2018: 200m Backstroke at 72nd Senior National Aquatic Championship, Thiruvananthapuram
• 2019: 50m Backstroke at 16th South Asian Games, Kathmandu
• 2019: 100m Backstroke at 16th South Asian Games, Kathmandu
• 2019: 4 × 100m Relay Freestyle at 16th South Asian Games, Kathmandu
• 2019: 4 × 100m Relay medley at 16th South Asian Games, Kathmandu
• 2016: 4X100m Freestyle at 60th National School Games, Gujrat
• 2016: 50m Backstroke at 12th South Asian Games, Guwahati
• 2016: 100m Backstroke at 12th South Asian Games, Guwahati
• 2016: 200m Backstroke at 12th South Asian Games, Guwahati
• 2019: 200m Backstroke at 16th South Asian Games, Kathmandu
• 2016: 50 metre Freestyle at 12th South Asian Games, Guwahati
|Records (main ones)
|• Fastest Indian backstroker of all age groups.
• First Indian swimmerto get selected by Olympic Gold Quest.
• First Indian female swimmer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
• Overall Best Swimmer awards five times in the national meets.
|Date of Birth
|18 March 2000 (Saturday)
|Age (as of 2021)
|Udgam School for Children, Thaltej, Ahmedabad
|GLS University, Ahmedabad
|Bachelor of Commerce The Indian Express
|Relationships & More
|Father- Rajiv Patel
Mother- Aanal Patel
|Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin
|Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams
|Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Maana Patel
- Maana Patel is an Indian professional swimmer specialised in the backstroke swimming technique. Maana is the first Indian female swimmer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and she holds several national records in her name.
- Maana Patel started practising swimming at the age of 8. Her mother enrolled Maana for swimming just to make up for her poor diet and with the intention of her gaining weight. Initially, it did not seem that interesting to Maana but with the passage of time, she developed her interest in it after which she also started participating in various club events.
- Maana Patel started practising swimming professionally in Gujarat Vidyapeeth Swimming Centre at the age of 10. Thereafter, she started participating in several state level and national level swimming competitions.
- Maana became the first-ever Indian swimmer to win all three backstroke events with record time and also broke three national backstroke records at the age of 12. She has also won the Overall Best Swimmer awards five times in the national meets.
- At the age of 13, Maana broke Olympian Shikha Tandon’s National Record in the 200m Backstroke as well as 50m and 100m backstroke records at the Junior National Aquatic Championship held in Hyderabad; becoming India’s fastest backstroke swimmer in 50, 100, 200 m.
- In 2015, Maana Patel became the fastest Indian backstroker of all age groups and carved her name in the history of swimming. She is also the first Indian swimmer to get selected for the scholarship program by Olympic Gold Quest. Maana on her achievement at the age of just 15 explained her emotions as
It is an honour for me to be supported by Olympic Gold Quest. They are confident of my abilities and believe that I could do well. I want to prove them right by putting up good performances in every tournament I feature in.”
- Maana, in May 2015, travelled to Australia to attended special training sessions organized by the Olympic Gold Quest for a period of 2 months i.e. May and June. They also provided Maana with a team of Physiotherapists, nutritionists, and doctors.
- Next, Maana Patel participated in the South Asian Aquatic Championships 2016 and fenced a total of 3 gold and 5 silver medals for India.
- In 2017, while practising for an upcoming event, Maana’s coach advised her to get a full-body assessment done after he noticed her shoulder making a sound every time she followed a specific moment. Three weeks later, it was detected that she was having a tear in her left shoulder and was advised to not practise swimming until the next three months. Later that year, she again got a shoulder injury but this time in her right shoulder. 2017 proved to be a very hard year for her and she also faced depression for almost 2 months during recovering from her injuries. During her TED Talks session, she spoke about how she overcame her stress and practised even harder for breaking many more records in future.
- After a long injury lay-off, Maana first competed at the 72nd Senior National Aquatic Championship 2018 held in Thiruvananthapuram and ended up not only winning three gold medals but also setting a new national record in the women’s 100m backstroke event, beating her own record. During an interview, she said,
Dealing with injuries is tough for any sportsperson, and I am glad to be back in this fashion! It certainly feels great and more than the medals, I and my coach are happy with my timings. While I created one new record, I missed out on bettering my best timings at two other events (50m and 200m backstrokes) pretty narrowly. So, I am feeling pretty positive right now. Since I had done well at the state championships before this event, I was pretty confident about doing well and now that it has happened, I will be practising even harder to do well at the international level. My next target is to do India proud at the World Championships next year.”
- On 2 July 2021, Maana Patel qualification for Tokyo Olympics 2021 was approved by the FINA, an international federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee for administering international competitions in water sports, after the Swimming Federation of India recommended her name to them. Maana Patel has become the first Indian female swimmer to represent India in Tokyo Olympics. In an interview, with the media, she explained her feelings as
The feeling of getting a berth to the Olympics is simply amazing. I do not have words to describe it. It’s an amazing feeling. Like many kids, I too grew up watching TV and reading about the Olympic Games and now you are there as a participant, a competitor and representing your beloved country before the world stage. I feel it is surreal.”
- Maana Patel received congratulatory wishes from all across the nation. Indian sports minister, Kiren Rijiju, took to Twitter for appreciating and congratulating Maana on her achievement.
- Maana Patel is a fitness enthusiast. She often posts pictures of her workout session on her social media account.
- Maana Patel is not only an achiever in swimming but also a scholar in her studies. She scored more than 90% in her 10th board exams. On managing her time between swimming and her studies, she said,
It is actually quite tough. My school is quite flexible. If I do not attend any classes, I make up for them in subsequent classes or intuitions. In fact, I got 90 % in my 10th board exams. It is all about managing time well. I spend two hours on my swimming sessions in the morning and two hours in the evening after my school.
- Maana Patel avid animal lover and she herself owns a pet dog. Maana is often spotted feeding stray animals on the streets, also motivating her followers to work for this initiative.
- Apart from swimming, Maana also has an interest in painting. She posted a painting of her pet dog painted by her.