Swimmer Srihari Nataraj shines in Commonwealth 2022. The Indian swimmer clocked 54.68s to qualify for the semi-finals of the men’s 100m backstroke event.
The 21-year-old finished fourth in his heat and seventh overall to secure a berth in the medal event that will take place on July 30.
South African Pieter Coetze, however, was the fastest swimmer across both semi-finals, clocking 53.67s on day one of the competition.
With this feat, Natraj became the fourth Indian swimmer to qualify for final. The Bengaluru lad will now set his sights on becoming only the second Indian swimmer to bag a medal in the Commonwealth Games since Prasanta Karmakar’s historic bronze in para-swimming event at CWG 2010.
Nataraj became the first Indian to swim in the classification A heat at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The young swimmer had clocked 54:31s to finish 27th in the men’s 100m backstroke event.
However, Sajan Prakash and debutant Kushagra Rawat failed to advance to the semi-final.