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Bangalore swimmer Natraj looks set to break Olympic qualification mark

Bangalore teenager Srihari Natraj aims to mark 'A' qualification for the Olympics in the men's 100m backstroke event at the Uzbekistan Open Summer Swimming Championships starting April 12.

The 19-year-old is part of the 15-member national team participating in the week-long competition in Tashkent, and his goal 'A' will give him an automatic berth for the Tokyo Olympics from July 23, with a qualifying time of 53.85 seconds.

For the Olympics, the 'B' qualification time doesn't guarantee an automatic berth.

There will also be a focus on Saajan Prakash, who is competing in the 200m butterfly. Prakash is training in Dubai and will fly directly to Tashkent from there. He is also pursuing an 'A' qualification in his event with a time of 1 minute 56.48 seconds.

Prakash has Olympic 'B' qualification time under his belt, having clocked 1 minute 58.03 seconds in 2019 in Malaysia and In February, he had clocked 1 minute 59.31 seconds in Latvia.

The national team did not have a good start to the first international of the season as they have not been able to train in Bangalore since Monday.

Last week, the Karnataka government closed pools due to an increase in coronavirus cases in the state.

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