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Srihari, Sajan disappoint

 Gold Coast, April 7: Indian swimmer Srihari taraj finished ninth in the semi-fils of the men’s 50 metre backstroke while Sajan Prakash finished a disappointing last in the men’s 200 metre butterfly fil at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.

Placed in the semi-fil 2, Srihari completed the race in 26.50 seconds with a 0.64 second reaction time. In the eight-men fil, Sajan, clocked 1:59.05 seconds to finish five seconds more than the gold medal winner Chad Le Clos of South Africa.
Srihari position in the semi-fil 2 was fifth but in the overall semi-fils standings, he was ninth. Top eight performers enter the fil.
Earlier during the heats, Srihari recorded a time of 26.47 seconds to qualify in the ninth spot among 16 qualifiers. The Indian finished third in Heat 1 behind Australia’s Mitch Larkin and Xavier Castelli of Wales.
In men’s 200 metre Butterfly fil event, Sajan finished last and in the process, Le Clos achieved a CWG record by clocking a timing of 1:54:00 seconds at the Optus Aquatic Centre here.
Earlier, Sajan rrowly qualified for the fils after finding himself in the reserve category after the Heats. He recorded a timing of 1:58.87 seconds to better his own tiol record of 1:59.10, and finish at the fifth spot in Heat 2 of the qualification round. IANS

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