While competing alongside the world’s best swimmers at the Olympic stage was an enriching experience that will stay with the youngster, he was personally expecting to do better.
That effort saw him finish at 27th position in the overall standings in the heats as a spot in the semifinals expectedly remained out of grasp.
Indian swimmers Srihari Nataraj and Maana Patel's Olympic campaign came to an end as the two youngsters failed to qualify for the semis.
Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, B’luru swimmer Srihari Nataraj, goes back in time, recalling his love for the sport from an early age
With this confirmation, he will join Sajan Prakash as the second direct entrant to the Tokyo Olympics
Bengaluru swimmer Srihari Nataraj on Sunday recorded the Olympic Qualifying Time (A cut) in the 100m backstroke at the Setti Colli Championship in Rome.
Srihari Nataraj improved on his previous best of 54.45 seconds set at the Belgrade Trophy 2021 last week as reported by the Olympics official website.
Indian swimmer SP Likith, who featured in the meet, had earlier alleged that the timings were tampered to suit Uzbek swimmers. A few of them had also punched their Tokyo tickets.
Srihari Nataraj and Maana Patel are Swimming Federation of India’s nomination for the Universality places for the Tokyo Olympics.
Once the swimmer returned home to Bengaluru, as his coach Nihar Ameen says, it seemed like just a matter of a few more events for Srihari to make the cut.
Both Srihari and Sajan have achieved the B qualification mark for the Tokyo Olympics but need the A mark to seal automatic qualification
While Srihari is currently in Bengaluru, Sajan is training in Dubai and both of them were hoping to participate in the Mare Nostrum meet in Monaco.
Srihari Nataraj clocked 25.11 seconds to bag the top prize in the FINA-accredited Olympic qualifying event on Saturday night.