Dattu Bhokanal
Country India
Date of Birth 1991-04-05
Age 29 years
Birth Place India
Major Teams India
Playing Details Rower
Dattu Bhokanal, Men's Rowing Sculls Singles, Rowing
  • Group
    6th Aug, 5:00pm;
    Time:7:21.67
    QUALIFIED
  • Group
    9th Aug, 5:00pm
    Rank: 4 Time: 6.59.89
    NOT QUALIFIED
  • SF for 13-24 Rank
    12th Aug, 9:20pm
    Rank - 2 , Moves ot Final 'C" (13-18)
    QUALIFIED
  • Final 'C' for 13-18
    13th Aug, 6.20 pm
    Rank-1 (13 place), Time:6.54.96
    WON

Achievements

  • He won two gold medals in the 2014 National Rowing Championships.
  • Silver in the men's single sculls event at the FISA Asian and Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta at Chung-ju in South Korea.
  • He qualified for the Olympics after winning a 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 Olympics and is only the ninth rower to represent India in the Olympics.

 

Biography

The lone Indian rower for the Rio Olympics, Bhokanal qualified after winning a silver medal in the men's single sculls event at the FISA Asian and Oceania Olympic qualification regatta held at Chung-ju in South Korea. He clocked 7 min, 7.63 sec to complete the two km course to finish second.

 

He trains at the Army Rowing Node in Pune. Bhokanal will be the ninth Indian to take part in Olympics after Kasam Khan and Inderpal Singh (Sydney 2000, coxless pairs), Paulose Pandari Kunnel (Athens 2004,singles sculls), Bajrang Takhar (Beijing 2008, singles sculls), Sawan Singh ( singles sculls), Manjit Singh and Sandeep Kumar( lightweight double sculls) (all London 2012). Coming from a humble background, this Nashik native took to rowing in 2012 at the BEG Centre Kirkee in Pune before shifting to ARN for better training.

 

Winner of two gold medals in the 2014 national championship, Bhokanal represented India at the Incheon Asian Games and finished fifth. His best international achievement thus far is a silver medal in the Asian Championship in China last year. For one who has come this length in four years, there are hopes of his causing a surprise in Rio.