Star Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj came close to grief near reaching the elusive Olympic qualifying time in the 100-meter backstroke before reaching the price of the Sette Colli trophy in Rome, Italy on Friday.
The 20-year-old swimmer in Bengaluru spun 53.90 seconds, breaking his own national record in the 100m backstroke. However, it was not enough to make the “A” sign for the Tokyo Games at 53.85 seconds.
Another Indian swimmer, Advayte Page, also set a new national record, scoring 15: 23.66 in the men’s 1,500m freestyle at a qualifying event in Los Angeles, USA.
Efforts saw that Paige, who had already achieved a “B” in the 800m freestyle, made a “B” in the 1,500m freestyle.
This was Srihari’s last chance to make an A cut, as the qualifying period for the Tokyo Olympics ends on Sunday.
However, since Srihari has been nominated for University seats, he can still compete in the Olympics if no other Indian male swimmer qualifies for the Games or receives an invitation from FINA based on his or her Olympic time. selection (B time).
Sajan Prakash, who represented India at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will compete in Rome on Saturday. The 27-year-old is fighting for the “A” standard in the men’s 200m butterfly.