Tokyo Olympics: Sajan Prakash becomes first Indian swimmer to qualify for Olympics with ‘A’ cut- Sajan Prakash has qualified for Tokyo Olympics with A cut in 200m Butterfly at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, Italy. He is the first Indian swimmer to qualify for Olympics through the Olympics qualifying system. He clocked in 1:56:38 in Men’s 200m Butterfly to qualify for Tokyo Olympics. The qualifying standard was 1:56.48.
“Historic moment in Indian Swimming !!! Sajan Prakash breaks the glass ceiling clocks 1:56.38 an Olympic qualification time. CONGRATULATIONS,” Swimming Federation of India wrote on Twitter.
Historic moment in Indian Swimming !!! Sajan Prakash breaks the glass ceiling clocks 1:56.38 an Olympic qualification time. CONGRATULATIONS pic.twitter.com/WIEnvdlfbK
— @swimmingfederationofindia (@swimmingfedera1) June 26, 2021
It followed another congratulatory message from SAI.
The qualification cut-off was 1:56:48.
Way to go champ! pic.twitter.com/G4KMcM8DKH
— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) June 26, 2021
Tokyo Olympics: Sajan Prakash becomes first Indian swimmer to qualify for Olympics with ‘A’ cut-
Earlier on Friday, Srihari Nataraj had come close to achieving the feat. He had won the race in 53.9 sec, 0.04 sec short of qualifying standards for the Tokyo Games. Sajan’s qualification means 20-year-old is set to miss out on an Olympic berth.
The 27-year-old, who represented India in the 2016 Rio Olympics, made the Tokyo Games ‘A’ standard, set at 1:56.48 seconds, by 0.1 seconds.
The Kerala swimmer has been continuously improving his performance in the 200m butterfly event.
Last week, in the Belgrade Trophy swimming competition he had clocked 1:56.96 seconds to miss the elusive ‘A’ qualification mark.
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(with PTI inputs)