India’s Sajan Prakash set a national record in the 200m butterfly race and won gold in the process at the Belgrade Trophy 2021. The Olympic hopeful finished with a time of 1:56.96s, and broke his own previous national record of 1:57.73s from 2018.
However, despite his best efforts, Sajan did not meet the Olympic Quota time, and failed to find a place at the Tokyo Olympics. He missed out on the Olympic Qualification time by a hair, which is set at 1:56.48s. This- A standard- time ensures that swimmers get a fixed place at the Olympics.
He set a time fast enough for Olympic Selection time- which is B standard- in the 200m butterfly. Swimmers with B Standard timings get a place at the Olympics only if the Olympic spots are not filled at the end of the trials on 27th June.
Tokyo Olympics Trials: Another Gold for India in the 100m Backstroke event
Shrihari Nataraj had an excellent swim, as he won a gold in the 100m backstroke event. The 20 year old finished with a time of 54.45s, but did not meet the Olympic time of 53.85s for qualification.
Ramy Al Ghaziri of Lebanon came second with a time of 58.18s and Djordje Dragojlovic of Serbia came in third.
Other Indians also Fared well at the Belgrade Trophy 2021
The young 16 year old Ganguly won a gold medal in the 4x100m individual medley with a time of 4:36.70s. Maana Patel took a silver medal in the 50m backstroke with a time of 29.79s.
Result of the Indian swimmers on day 1 at the Belgrade trophy 2021:
|100m freestyle||Tanish Mathew||52.39s||7th|
|100m backstroke||Shrihari Nataraj||54.45s||1st|
|200m butterfly||Sajan Prakash||1:56.96s||1st|
|200m butterfly||Tanish Mathew||2:13.55s||3rd|
|50m butterfly||Tanish Mathew||25.89s||4th|
|400m IM||Shoan Ganguly||4:36.70s||1st|
|50m freestyle||Kenisha Gupta||36.65s||4th|
|50m backstroke||Maana Patel||29.79s||2nd|