Srihari Nataraj units private finest to win gold at Uzbekistan Open, misses Olympic qualification by 0.22 seconds

Srihari Nataraj units private finest to win gold at Uzbekistan Open, misses Olympic qualification by 0.22 seconds

The-20-year-old, who had achieved the ‘B’ normal time for the Tokyo Video games on the FINA Junior World Championships in 2019, clocked his private better of 54.10s within the heats earlier than bettering it to 54.07s within the ultimate occasion to win the gold.

Srihari Nataraj sets personal best to win gold at Uzbekistan Open, misses Olympic qualification by 0.22 seconds

File picture of Srihari Nataraj, AFP

Tashkent: High Indian swimmer Srihari Natarajan got here agonisingly near attaining the elusive Olympic ‘A’ qualification time within the 100m backstroke occasion, falling brief by 0.22 seconds on the Uzbekistan Open Championship on Thursday.

The-20-year-old, who had achieved the ‘B’ normal time for the Tokyo Video games on the FINA Junior World Championships in 2019, clocked his private better of 54.10s within the heats earlier than bettering it to 54.07s within the ultimate occasion to win the gold.

The Olympics ‘A’ reduce for 100m backstroke occasion for males is 53.85s.

Whereas a ‘B’ mark means the swimmer will obtain an invite to the occasion if the overall accessible quota locations should not crammed up, an ‘A’ normal ensures an automated berth to line up on the Tokyo Olympics.

No Indian has until date achieved the ‘A’ normal.

Maana Patel clocked 1:04.47s within the girls’s 100m backstroke occasion to take house the gold forward of compatriot Suvana Baskar, who settled for the silver with a timing of 1:06.17s.

Sajan Prakash bagged his third gold of the event within the 400m males’s freestyle occasion, clocking 3:56.03s.

Shivani Kataria gained the yellow steel within the girls’s 400m freestyle.

Chandigarh swimmer Chahat Arora bagged the gold within the girls’s 100m breaststroke occasion whereas Likhit SP and Dhanush S grabbed silver and bronze respectively within the males’s occasion.

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