Indian swimmer Srihari Natraj has qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2021 after the sport’s world governing body FINA approved his ‘A’ standard qualification time in the men’s 100m backstroke time trial at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome.
“…Srihari Nataraj Olympic qualification time of 53.77 (seconds) swam in the time trial at the Sette Colli Trophy is affirmed by FINA. SFI had put forward its representation to FINA for this. Srihari joins Sajan Prakash as India’s A qualification entry to Tokyo,” the Swimming Federation of India tweeted.
Nataraj has also made a new national record besides being enough to achieve the ‘A’ mark for the Tokyo Games set at 53.85 seconds, reported the PTI.
The Tokyo Olympics will mark the first time when two Indian swimmers will take part in the Summer Games after achieving a direct qualification.While it will be Nataraj’s maiden Olympics, the Tokyo Games will mark Sajan Prakash’s second appearance. Earlier, he represented India in Rio Olympics in the year 2016.