File photo of Srihari Nataraj© Twitter

Ace Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj finished seventh in the men’s 100m backstroke in a tough field at the Commonwealth Games. Chasing an elusive medal in the able-bodied CWG swimming events, the 21-year-old was fifth in the 50m split but was pushed further back in the tough first lane to finish with a timing of 54.31s on Saturday.

It was way below his personal best and national record timing of 53.77 that he clocked to seal his Tokyo Olympics quota last year. A repeat of the performance would have landed him a historic gold.

Para swimmer Prasanta Karmakar is the only one to have won a swimming medal at the Commonwealth Games at New Delhi in 2010.

“I’m completely exhausted now. I gave it everything but on this day that’s all I had in me,” Nataraj told PTI after the race.

At the 50m split, Nataraj had a timing of 26.31s, something that could have “been better” as he said he peaked up in the last 25m but in vain.

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“I swam according to my plan, focused on myself. I could have opened the first 50 a little faster. I had a good turn and a good start.” “My third 25m according to the video really was really good, they said I caught up with everyone but in hindsight I could have had the first 50m a bit faster.

“I have a couple of more events and I’ll make sure this does not happen. I gave it everything, I had nothing left,” Nataraj said, hoping for a better finish in the 50m backstroke.

Nataraj had qualified for the final with a time of 54.55 seconds which was seventh overall.

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