In one of the proudest moment, an Indian swimmer Shivani Kataria had shined at Olympics 2016 at Rio. She completed the 200m freestyle heats at 2nd place and India’s Sajan Prakash completed 200m butterfly heats. Read the complete report here.
According to the sources in PTI, Shivani Kataria will begin her Olympic campaign swimming in the heats of the women’s 200 m freestyle event. The event starts at 21: 30 hrs IST. Shivani is set to compete in her maiden Olympic along with Kerala’s Sajan Prakash. While Sajan qualified to have an upper hand over Sandeep Sejwal, 18-year old swimmer faced no opposition as she was the only Indian eligible. Also, Katariya was the lone Indian woman to compete at the last World Championship. After Beijing Games, this is the first time more than one swimmer is representing India. She is the first woman swimmer to represent India since 2004 Athens Olympics when Shikha Tandon last represented India in Women’s 50m and 100 m.
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Sajan Prakash, who won 6 gold and 3 silver medals in the Indian National Games, will be India’s sole hope. He is competing in the heats of the men’s 200 m Butterfly heats. SFI named Sajan Prakash as the wild card recipient after none of the swimmers managed to make the ‘A’ cut that is required for direct qualification. He is also a national record holder in the 200m butterfly and 1500m freestyle swimming.
Shivani Kataria, only the third Indian woman swimmer to qualify for the Olympics, aspires to finish high in the 200m freestyle at the Rio Games, starting next month.