India’s swimmers Srihari Nataraj and Maana Patel’s campaign has come to an end at the Tokyo Olympics. Nataraj, who scripted history by qualifying for the Olympics finished 27th in the heats as he crashed out of the event. The backstroke swimmer clocked 54.31s in his maiden Olympic appearance but it was not good enough to advance to the next round.
While Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov topped the heats with a timing of 52.15s, Hungary’s Richard Bohus was disqualified and was not allowed to complete the list. Sajan Prakash, the lone Indian swimmer in contention, will be in action on Monday in the 200m Men’s Butterfly event.
Tokyo Olympics Swimming: Maana Patel falters in heats
Indian backstroke swimmer Maana has failed to book a place in the semifinals of the event. She clocked 1:05.20 in the heats to finish in the 39th place. Australia’s Kaylee McKeown finished first in the heats with a timing of 57.88 as she rewrote the Olympic record. The top 16 swimmers in the heats qualify for the semifinal.
Swimming at Tokyo Games on Day 3 saw 4 finals take place, including the men’s 400m individual medley, the men’s 400m freestyle, women’s 400m individual medley and the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Australia started off strong in their swimming campaign, winning 3 medals on their first day.