Srihari tops ‘B’ final of France encounter – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

NEW DELHI, April 7: Indian swimming ace Srihari Nataraj clocked 55.28s to win the men’s 100m backstroke ‘B’ final at the French Elite Open Swimming Championships in Limoges, France.

Competing in his first international competition of the year, the 21-year-old first clocked 55.88 in the preliminary round of his favorite event. He finished in the top 10 of 46 swimmers, but could not qualify for the ‘A’ final.

Nataraj then reduced his heats time by 0.60s to win the B final.

The Bengaluru swimmer has a personal best of 53.77 seconds in the event he completed last year in June.

In the 100m freestyle, Nataraj clocked 50.51 to finish 18th in the preliminaries. However, he did not qualify for the final.

Olympian Maana Patel finished 25th among 45 swimmers in the women’s 50m backstroke with a time of 30.17. She also failed to qualify for the final.

The swimmer, who competed at the Tokyo Games, finished 18th out of 50 participants in the women’s 100m backstroke heats. She finished with a time of 1:04:82.

Ridhima wins gold at South African National Championships

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Junior swimming sensation Ridhima Veerendra Kumar won gold in the women’s under-14 100m backstroke at the South African National Aquatic Championships.

Ridhima, who won nine gold and one silver medals and broke two national records at the national championships last year, clocked 1.05.37 to take the top step of the podium in Port Elizabeth.

The teenager is part of the 16-member Indian junior team which competes in the South African national championships.

The junior team also had a training camp with South African junior swimmers in March. (PTI)

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