Srihari Nataraja qualifies for men’s 50m backstroke final, Sajan Prakash ranked 9th


Last Update: 01 Aug 2022, 00:48 IST

CWG 2022: Indian swimmer Srihari Natraj (AP)

Srihari Nataraja booked her place in the final of the men’s 50m backstroke event as Sajan Prakash finished ninth in the men’s 200m butterfly at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraja continued her stellar run to enter the final of the men’s 50m backstroke event at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

The 21-year-old emerged as the eighth fastest swimmer in the semi-finals to make it to her second final of the Birmingham Games with a time of 25.38.

Veteran Sajan Prakash, on the other hand, finished a disappointing ninth in the men’s 200m butterfly, his favorite event.

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Natraj clocked 25.52 seconds in the heat to reach the 50m backstroke semi-finals.

The Bengaluru-based swimmer had finished seventh in the men’s 100m backstroke final on Saturday night.

In the men’s 200m butterfly, Prakash finished fourth in the heat with a time of 1:58:99 and was placed on the reserve list as the ninth fastest swimmer overall. The top eight advanced to the finals.

Australia’s Prakash and Kieran Pollard saw the same time which led to the swimming off. He then clocked 1:58.31 and became the first reserve by winning the swim between the two.

If none of the eight finalists took the pool or dropped out of the final race, Prakash would take his place.

But the Indian did not get a chance while finishing ninth.

The swim-off is a special swimming race in which the winner qualifies for the next level after failing the normal elimination race.

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