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CWG 2018: Sajan Prakash enters men’s 200m Butterfly finals

CWG 2018: Sajan Prakash enters men’s 200m Butterfly finals

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.

Srihari Natraj 2018 Commonwealth Games

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).

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