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Sajan Prakash sets national record in 200m freestyle in Rome

Sajan Prakash clocked 1:49.73 seconds in the heats at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, bettering Virdhawal Khade's previous national mark of 1:49.86 seconds.

By: PTI | New Delhi |
June 27, 2021 6:15:50 pm
Sajan Prakash poses with his medals at the Sette Colli Trophy, Rome. (File)

A day after achieving the elusive ‘A’ cut for the Olympics, swimmer Sajan Prakash continued his purple patch by setting a new national record in the 200m freestyle event at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, Italy on Sunday.

Prakash clocked 1:49.73 seconds in the heats at the FINA-accredited Olympic Qualifier, bettering the 2010 Asian Games bronze medallist Virdhawal Khade’s previous national mark of 1:49.86 seconds.

Prakash has been on a record-breaking spree recently. This is his third national mark this month.

On Saturday, he created history by becoming the first-ever Indian swimmer to breach the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), clocking a record-breaking 1:56:38 seconds in the men’s 200m butterfly event.

With the historic sprint, Prakash rewrote his own national record of 1:56.96s that he had set last week at the Belgrade Trophy swimming competition.

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