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Swimming Federation Announces Rs 5 Lakh Cash Reward for Olympic-bound Sajan Prakash

Sajan Prakash (Photo Credit: IANS)

Sajan Prakash (Photo Credit: IANS)

The Tokyo Games will be the Kerala swimmer's second Olympics participation, having competed in Rio 2016 through a Universality quota.

Swimming Federation of India on Monday announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for Sajan Prakash who scripted history by becoming the first swimmer from the country to earn a direct qualification for the Olympics. Prakash qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games on Saturday by breaching the ‘A’ standard time, clocking 1:56:38 seconds in the men’s 200m butterfly event at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, Italy.

“SFI president Shri R N Jayaprakash announced a personal cash award of Rs 5 lac to Sajan Prakash, who is the first Indian to achieve the Olympic ‘A’ qualification time in 200m butterfly event at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome," SFI said in a statement. “Mr. Jayaprakash lauds the youngster’s achievement and has termed this as a watershed moment for Indian Swimming," it added.

The Tokyo Games will be the Kerala swimmer’s second Olympics participation, having competed in Rio 2016 through a Universality quota. A day after Prakash’s feat, Srihari Nataraj breached the elusive ‘A’ standard time by clocking 53.77s in the men’s 100m backstroke at the same event.

However, since his effort came at a time trial, his participation in the Olympics will be confirmed only if FINA approves the timing.

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If Nataraj’s time is confirmed, the Tokyo Games will mark the first time two Indian swimmers take part in the Olympics through direct qualification.

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