• Tue. Feb 27th, 2024
Srihari failed to qualify for the 100m backstroke semifinals at the World Championships.

Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj clocked a season’s best but failed to qualify for the men’s 100m backstroke semifinals at the World Championships on Monday.

The Asian Games swimmer finished last in her heat and 31st overall in 55.26 seconds.

The top 18 swimmers in seven heats advanced to the semifinals.

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The 22-year-old Nataraj started his season by winning gold in 55.60 seconds at the Singapore National Age Group in March. He followed that up with a 55.29 second swim at the Mare Nostrum Swim Tour in Monaco in May.

Nataraj’s personal best is 53.77 achieved by a Karnataka swimmer who broke the Tokyo Olympics A cut in 2021.

He will compete in the 50m and 200m backstroke events at the ongoing Worlds.

Two-time Olympian Sajan Prakash and Delhi swimmer Kushagra Rawat also failed to perform well in their respective events.

Prakash finished 57th out of 91 swimmers in the 50m butterfly with a time of 24.93 seconds. He will play in his pet 200m butterfly on Tuesday.

On the other hand, Rawat, competing only in the 400m freestyle event, finished 35th in 3:59.03 seconds.

Rawat’s performance at the world event was a far cry from his 3:55.45 effort in the final of the Senior Nationals earlier this month.

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