Advait Page and Kushagra Rawat have qualified for the Commonwealth Games 2022 men’s 1500m Freestyle final by ranking seventh (15:39.25) and eighth (15:47.77) among 10 starters in the heats on Tuesday. On the other hand, Srihari Nataraj broke his own national record in the 200m backstroke heats at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Srihari’s previous national record for the event was 02:01.70 in 2019. He broke his record by almost a second, clocking 2:00.84, finishing ninth in the heats, and qualifying as a reserve. Luke Greenbank of England won the heat with a timing of 1:56.33s, while South Africa’s Pieter Coetze finished second, clocking 1:58.08s.
The best eight swimmers from the three heats qualified for the final. The Indian finished ninth overall and has been kept as the first reserve, which means if anybody pulls out before the final, he would sneak in.
Nataraj missed out on a direct final berth by just 0.19 seconds. Nataraj had earlier finished fifth, his best-ever result in the CWG, in the men’s 50m backstroke final with a timing of 25.23 seconds.