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Srihari Nataraj earns ‘A’ qualification mark for Tokyo Olympics

No Indian swimmer had ever earned the automatic qualification mark for the Olympics. Now, two swimmers - Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj - have earned it in two days.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 28, 2021 2:51:21 pm
Srihari Nataraj has earned automatic qualification for the Tokyo Olympics. (File Photo)

No Indian had ever achieved the automatic qualification — the ‘A’ cut — for swimming in Olympics. Now, one day after Sajan Prakash became the first Indian swimmer to achieve the feat, Srihari Nataraj on Sunday became the second Indian to achieve the mark.

Nataraj, who finished an agonizing 0.05 seconds short of the ‘A’ mark two days earlier, got to the mark with a 53.77-second finish in a 100m backstroke time trial at the Settecolli Swim Meet in Italy.

India are now confirmed to have Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj competing in the Tokyo Games. This is the first time two Indian swimmers have earned direct qualification into the Olympics.

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