Srihari, Advait better national records

The 17-year-old from Karnataka set his second national record in as many days, clocking 26.19s in the men’s 50m backstroke heats (old record, own, 26.31s), but it was not enough to carry him to the final.

Karnataka swimmer Srihari Nataraj in action. (File Photo)   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

He may not be hitting the big headlines but in a small way, Srihari Nataraj is raising the bar of Indian swimming at the 18th Asian Games.

The 17-year-old from Karnataka set his second national record in as many days, clocking 26.19s in the men’s 50m backstroke heats (old record, own, 26.31s), but it was not enough to carry him to the final.

And for the second successive day, Arvind Mani came second in the same heat in 26.89s.

Advait Page also bettered his own national record in the men’s 800m freestyle, clocking 8:09.13s (old 8:10.22) but did not make the final. And in the 200m individual medley, Neel Roy was fifth in his heat in 2:08.07s.

The men’s 4x200m relay team was the only Indian squad (Srihari Nataraj, Saurabh Sagvekar, Avinash Mani and Neel Roy) that qualified for the final and it finished seventh in 7:37.07s. Japan won the gold in the event in a Games time of 7:05.17.