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
  • Start Lists
  • 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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2 months ago

WOW! Amazing! Congrats Sajan!!!!!

2 months ago

It’s so exciting watching the progress of developing nations. Congratulations to Sajan.

Philip Johnson
2 months ago

India certainly has the population to be a swimming powerhouse, just needs the infrastructure and a few stars to inspire the population. Hopefully this is the first step!

2 months ago

Congrats!! Not the first event anyone would suggest trying to qualify for. He must have heard Gold Medal Mel speak on why he chose the 200 fly as his event.

2 months ago

Hopefully Srihari Nataraj gets the B cut invite

Reply to  anonymous
2 months ago

Probably wont..seems like A cut, universality and relay only already is over the maximum quota

Reply to  anonymous
2 months ago

Srihari also got ‘A’ Cut

2 months ago

Great swims.
Good Fly and good Back this weekend, how fast could their medley relay be?

Reply to  Dan
2 months ago

unfortunately dont have a good breastroker and only a 49. freestyler

Konner Scott
2 months ago

That’s awesome!!!

ACC fan
2 months ago

Will he get to swim in the Olympics?

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2 months ago


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