Srihari Nataraj misses berth in 200m backstroke final by a whisker

Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj rewrote his personal best but still failed to qualify for the men’s 200m backstroke final at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG 2022) on Tuesday (2 August) in Birmingham.

Nataraj was third in Heat 2 with a time of 2:00.84s, erasing his previous best time of 2:01.70s set at the 2019 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

The top eight swimmers from three heats qualify for the final. The Indian finished ninth overall and just missed last place by just 0.19 seconds.

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Although third place didn’t help Srihari qualify automatically, the Indian swimmer is now first reserve for the finals. That means if a swimmer retires before the final, Srihari gets a chance.

In swimming, a timing counts as a national record only if it is achieved at the national swimming championships. Hence the times clocked in other meetings are referred to as Indian Best Time.

Luke Greenbank of England won Heat 3 in 1:56.33 while Pieter Coetze of South Africa was second in 1:58.08.

Srihari Nataraj has a good CWG 2022 campaign

Srihari Nataraj had an amazing CWG 2022 campaign after reaching the finals in two events. He finished fifth in the men’s 50m backstroke final with a time of 25.23 seconds. It is the best position ever achieved by an Indian swimmer in the category in a CWG final.

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He previously finished seventh in the 100m backstroke final. The swimmer from Bengaluru swam on lane 1 and finished seventh with a time of 54.31 seconds.

At the Tokyo Olympics last year, Srihari became the first Indian to swim in the A classification run. He managed 54:31 seconds and finished 27th in the men’s 100 meter backstroke.

Srihari has received support from the Sports Authority of India and has also done well by competing in a variety of events leading up to the Commonwealth Games. He is also part of the Department of Sport’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme.

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