FINA World Junior: Srihari breaks national record twice, finishes seventh

The 18-year-old had broken his own 100m backstroke record clocking 55.18s (previous record 55.49s) in the heats and then bettered it with a timing of 54.69s while finishing third in the semifinal.

Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj made the 'B' standard qualifying time (55.47s) for next year's Tokyo Olympics.   -  FILE PHOTO/ AP

After breaking his own senior national record twice on Wednesday, Srihari Nataraj finished seventh in the men's 100m backstroke at the FINA World junior swimming championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The 18-year-old had broken his own 100m backstroke record clocking 55.18s (previous record 55.49s) in the heats and then bettered it with a timing of 54.69s while finishing third in the semifinal and sixth overall. That saw him make the 'B' standard qualifying time (55.47s) for next year's Tokyo Olympics. The 'A' standard stands at 53.85s.

Srihari was a bit slower in today's final, clocking 54.85s. Italy's Thomas Ceccon won gold in 53.46s.