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- Tokyo Olympics Srihari Nataraja Qualified For The Olympics In The 100m Backstroke After Sajan Prakash; Two Swimmers Got Wild Card Entry In Rio
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Srihari Nataraja became the second swimmer to secure the Olympic quota.
For the first time, two Indian swimmers have qualified directly for the Olympics. On Wednesday, Srihari Nataraja became the second swimmer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. He qualified in a trial in Rome in the 100m backstroke event with a timing of 53.77s. Swimming Federation of India secretary Monal Choksi said that the federation had demanded a separate trial from the international federation after the qualification event, which was accepted by the international federation. Choksi said that Shri Hari Natraj made it to the Olympics by taking less than 53.85 time to qualify.
Sajan Prakash also qualified in 200m butterfly
Earlier on Saturday, Sajan Prakash had qualified for the Olympics. He clocked 1:56:38 in the men’s 200m butterfly, while the qualification time was set at 1:56:48.
6 players had achieved ‘B’ qualifications
Besides Srihari Nataraja, Sajan Prakash, four other swimmers had secured ‘B’ qualifications. These include Virdhawal Khade, Kushagra Rawat, SP Likhith and Advait Page. However, all these four swimmers failed to meet the criteria set for the final qualification.
Sajan Prakash and Shivani got wild card entry in Rio
This is the first time that Indian swimmers have secured direct qualification. Last time for Rio, Sajan Prakash got the Olympic quota in 200m butterfly and Shivani Kataria in 200m freestyle.