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Srihari Nataraj shatters Tokyo games qualification time, awaits FINA’s confirmation

Srihari Nataraj shatters Tokyo games qualification time in the men’s 100 metres backstroke during the time trial at Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, but his feat is yet to be approved by the FINA.

In swimming, India’s Srihari Nataraj shattered the Tokyo games qualification time in the men’s 100 metres backstroke during the time trial at Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, but his feat is yet to be approved by the International Swimming Federation, FINA.

Nataraj clocked 53.77 seconds, which was faster than the Olympic qualification time of 53.85 secs.

If FINA approves his timing, the 20-year-old Bengaluru swimmer will become the second Indian to make the qualification cut that guarantees an automatic berth for the Olympics.

Nataraj’s performance of 53.77 secs is also better than his own previous national record of 54.07 seconds.

FINA is expected to give a ruling on Nataraj’s timing next week.

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