CWG 2022: Srihari Nataraj records the fastest time for India in the 200-meter backstroke, but is dis

Veteran Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj improved the best Indian time on his way to finishing third in heat 2 of the men's 200-meter backstroke event at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Tuesday, but he was unable to advance to the final.

Nataraj finished first among the reserves with a time of 2:00.84 seconds. His previous record was a time of 2:01.70s, set in 2019 at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

Only when a timing was obtained at the National Aquatics Championships is it regarded as a national record in swimming. As a result, the times recorded at other meets are referred to as the best Indian times.

Pieter Coetze of South Africa came in second with a time of 1:58.08s, while Luke Greenbank of England took first place with a time of 1:56.33s.

From the three heats, the top eight swimmers advanced to the final.

The Indian, who placed ninth overall, has been kept as the first reserve, which means he could enter the final if someone withdraws before it.

Nataraj missed out on a direct final berth by just 0.19 seconds.

Nataraj had earlier finished fifth, his best-ever result in the CWG, in the men’s 50m backstrokesfreestyle final with a timing of 25.23 seconds.

Later in the day, two more Indian swimmers, Advait Page and Kushagra Rawat will compete in the men’s 1500m free style event.

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