CWG 2022: Swimmer Srihari Nataraj registers best Indian time in 200m backstroke, but fails to enter final | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Indian swimmer ace Srihari Nataraj improved India’s best time en route to a third-place finish in heat 2 but was unable to qualify for the final of the 200m backstroke men event at the Commonwealth Games here on Tuesday.
Nataraj clocked 2:00.84s to be the first reserve in the event.
His previous best was 2:01.70s, set at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in 2019.
In swimming, a timing is considered a national record only when it has been achieved at the National Swimming Championships.
Therefore, timings recorded in other competitions are referred to as the best Indian time.
England’s Luke Greenbank won the heat in 1:56.33s, while South Africa’s Pieter Coetze finished second in 1:58.08s.
The top eight swimmers from the three heats qualified for the final.
The Indian finished ninth overall and was kept as first reserve, meaning if anyone retires before the final, they will sneak out.
Nataraj missed a direct final berth by just 0.19 seconds.
Nataraj previously finished fifth, his best result in the CWG, in the men’s 50m backstroke final with a time of 25.23 seconds.
Later in the day, two other Indian swimmers, Advait Page and Kushagra Rawat will compete in the men’s 1500m freestyle event.

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