CWG: Swimmer Sajan 8th in men’s 200m Butterfly final

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Gold Coast: Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash finished a disappointing last in men’s 200 metre Butterfly final at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.

In the eight-man final, Sajan, clocked 1:59.05 seconds to finish five seconds more than the gold medal winner Chad Le Clos of South Africa.

In the process, Le Clos achieved a CWG record by clocking a timing of 1:54:00 seconds at the Optus Aquatic Centre here.

Australia’s David Morgan bagged the silver after finishing at 1:56:36 while Scotland’s Duncan Scott (1:56:60) had to settle for the bronze.

Earlier, Sajan narrowly qualified for the finals after finding himself in the reserve category after the Heats. He recorded a timing of 1:58.87 seconds to better his own national record of 1:59.10, and finish at the fifth spot in Heat 2 of the qualification round.

Meanwhile, another Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj entered the semi-finals of the men’s 50 metre backstroke event earlier on Saturday.

Srihari recorded a time of 26.47 seconds to qualify in the ninth spot among 16 qualifiers in his category. The Indian finished third in Heat 1 behind Australia’s Mitch Larkin and Xavier Castelli of Wales.

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