Srihari Nataraj, an Indian swimmer, finished the men’s 100-meter backstroke event at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Friday in 54.68 seconds to advance to the semi-finals.
The 21-year-old swimmer from Bengaluru finished third in his heat and fifth overall.
He would have won the heats if he had achieved his personal best time of 53.77 seconds. Pieter Coetze, a swimmer from South Africa, was the quickest in the field with a time of 53.91.
Experienced Sajan Prakash and rookie Kushagra Rawat, however, were unable to move on to the semifinals of their respective events.
Prakash placed eighth in the men’s 50m butterfly heats with a time of 25.01. The top 16 athletes advanced to the semifinals.
In the 400m freestyle for men, Kushagra again came in last, stopping the clock in 3:57.45 seconds.
Due to their participation in additional events, Prakash and Kushagra are both still eligible to win the competition.
Kushagra will compete in the men’s 1500m freestyle and 200m freestyle while Prakash will make his challenge in the men’s 100m and 200m butterfly.