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Swimmers Shivani, Sajan out of Rio Olympics

Swimmers Shivani, Sajan out of Rio Olympics


Swimmers Shivani Kataria and Sajan Prakash were knocked out of their respective categories on Monday, ending India’s campaign in the discipline at the Rio Olympics.

Shivani finished a disappointing 41st to miss the race to the quarter-finals after clocking 2:09:30 minutes in the women’s 200m freestyle heats at the Olympic Aquatics stadium.

The 18-year-old completed the first 50 metres in 29.28 seconds before taking 1:01.36 minutes to reach 100m. She then posted a time of 1:34.95 minutes to reach 150m and eventually completed it in 2:09:30 minutes to finish second in the heat.

Kathleen Ledecky of the US clocked 1:55:01 minutes to top the list followed by Australia’s Emma Mckeon at the second spot in 1:55:80 minutes and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom ended third in 1:56:11 minutes.

Meanwhile, in men’s 200m butterfly event, Prakash finished fourth clocking 1:59:37 in his heat and overall 28th to bow out of the competion.

The Kerala swimmer got off to a poor start as he failed to feature in the top three even after the first 100m of butterfly heat.

Hungarians Tamas Kenderesi and Laszlo Cseh topped the list clocking 1:54:73 and 1:55:14 minutes respectively while South African Chad Guy Bertrand Le Clos took 1:55:57 minutes to come third.