Sajan Prakash Becomes India’s First-Ever FINA ‘A’ Cut Swimmer


  • Friday, June 25th – Sunday, June 27th
  • Swimming Stadium of the Foro Italico, Rome, Italy
  • LCM (50m)
  • Olympic Qualifying Competition
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  • Day 1 Recap
  • Results 

Sajan Prakash of India made history today at the Sette Colli Trophy, becoming the first swimmer from his nation to ever register a FINA ‘A’ Olympic cut.

Competing in the slower heats of the men’s 200m fly at Swimming Stadium of the Foro Italico in Rome, Prakash powered his way to a new lifetime best of 1:56.38. The 27-year-old swimmers’ effort today hacked over half a second off of his previous PB and national standard of 1:56.96, a time he registered just earlier this month in Belgrade.

Prior to the month of June, Prakash held the Indian record in 1:57.73 from 2018, meaning the man has been tearing up the 1:56-zone this year with Olympic qualification in the balance.

Today, splitting 55.56/1:00.82, Prakash’s 1:56.38 cleared the FINA ‘A’ cut of 1:56.48 needed to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan next month. Compare that to his previous 1:56.96 record’s splits of 56.92/1:00.04.

Prakash’s teammate, Srihari Nataraj, came oh-so-close to beating him to the punch yesterday, with Nataraj hitting a 100m back Indian record time of 53.90. That fell just .05 outside of the FINA ‘A’ ut of 53.85 for the 100m back.

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1 year ago

Nataraj time trialed a 53,77 today and cleared the A Standard on.100 back

1 year ago

Way to go!! Can’t wait to watch you in Tokyo!

Jay Ryan
1 year ago

Those are some nice splits

1 year ago

India also has a really good 50 breaststroke swimmer

1 year ago

*1.366 billion

1 year ago

great job!

ACC fan
1 year ago

Will he get to swim in the Olympics?

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1 year ago


Konner Scott
1 year ago

That’s awesome!!!

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