India’s Sajan Prakash narrowly qualified for the final of swimming men’s 200 metre Butterfly event of the 21st Commonwealth Games at the Optus Aquatic Centre here on Saturday.
Sajan recorded a timing of 1:58.87 seconds to better his own national record of 1:59.10, and finish at the fifth spot in Heat 2 of the qualification round. England’s Jacob Peters topped the qualifications, clocking 1:58.42 seconds.
The final is scheduled to take place around 3:10 PM (IST).
Earlier, another Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj entered the semi-finals of the men’s 50 metre backstroke event after smashing the national record. Srihari recorded a time of 26.47 seconds to qualify in the ninth spot among 16 qualifiers in his category.
The Indian finished third in Heat 1 behind Australia’s Mitch Larkin and Xavier Castelli of Wales.
Larkin had a time of 25.32 seconds while Castelli registered 25.91. Zac Incerti of Australia qualified at the top of the overall standings by winning Heat 2 with a time of 25.05 seconds.
Larkin was second overall while Benjamin Treffers — also of Australia — was third with 25.52. Treffers won Heat 3 ahead of Conor Ferguson (25.79) of Northern Ireland and Malaysia’s Jian Han Tern (25.83).