Swimmers Srihari and Sajan advance to final

Nataraj finished first in the heat clocking 55.86 seconds even as compatriot Arvind Mani came second, but failed to qualify to the next round.

Nataraj finished first in the heat clocking 55.86 seconds. (File Photo)   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

India’s Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash advanced to the finals of the 100m men’s backstroke and 200m butterfly events, respectively, at the 18th Asian Games here on Sunday.

Starting in lane six, Nataraj finished first in the heat clocking 55.86 seconds even as compatriot Arvind Mani came second, but failed to qualify to the next round.

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In the 200m butterfly event, Prakash qualified for the final with a time of 1:58.12 seconds. He finished 0.06 seconds behind leader Nao Horomura of Japan. Another Indian in action, Saurabh Sangvekar, crashed out in the 200m freestyle event, clocking 1:54.87 seconds.