Gold Coast (Australia), April 7 (IANS) Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj entered the semi-finals of the men’s 50 metre backstroke event at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.
Srihari recorded a time of 26.47 seconds to qualify in the ninth spot among 16 qualifiers in his category.
The Indian finished third in Heat 1 behind Australia’s Mitch Larkin and Xavier Castelli of Wales.
Larkin had a time of 25.32 seconds while Castelli registered 25.91.
Zac Incerti of Australia qualified at the top of the overall standings by winning Heat 2 with a time of 25.05 seconds.
Larkin was second overall while Benjamin Treffers — also of Australia — was third with 25.52.
Treffers won Heat 3 ahead of Conor Ferguson (25.79) of Northern Ireland and Malaysia’s Jian Han Tern (25.83).