Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj achieved a sixth-place finish in the men’s 50m backstroke heats, earning him a spot in his second consecutive final at the Asian Games on Monday. Following his sixth-place finish in the men’s 100m backstroke final just the day before, Nataraj displayed a strong performance by clocking 25.43 seconds to finish third in his heat and sixth overall.
Another Indian swimmer, Likith Selvaraj advanced to the finals of the men’s 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:01.98, narrowly securing his spot.
In the men’s 4x200m freestyle event, the Indian team consisting of Aryan Nehra, Aneesh Gowda, Kushagra Rawat, and Tanish George Mathew also successfully progressed to the final round. During the heats, the Indian squad achieved a sixth-place finish with a time of 7:29.04.
The former bronze medalist Virdhawal Khade, who competed in the men’s 50m freestyle, along with Olympian Maana Patel in the women’s 50m backstroke, Anil Kumar Shylaja Anand in the men’s 50m freestyle, Desinghu Dhinidhi in the women’s 200m freestyle, and Hashika Ramachandra in the women’s 200m individual medley, did not qualify for the finals in their respective events.
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