Srihari Nataraj returned to Bengaluru on Tuesday after collaborating in French Elite Nationwide Swimming Championships at Limoges and now could be longing for the upcoming Khelo India College Video games 2021, the place the Olympian swimmer will probably be representing hosts Jain College.
“The subsequent few months main as much as the Commonwealth Video games and Asian Video games will probably be fairly thrilling for me as I plan to race in several meets every month and Khelo India College Video games is certainly one of them. Swimming good races with none tapering within the lead as much as Commonwealth Video games and Asian Video games will assist me analyse the place I stand in my preparations,” Srihari informed ANI.
“This will probably be my first look on the Khelo India College Video games and I’m fairly enthusiastic about swimming in entrance of my dwelling crowd. I’m doubly excited to swim on the Jain College International Campus the place I’ve been racing since I used to be eight or 9 years previous. I bear in mind we’d have a contest yearly on the Jain College International Campus and I’d symbolize my College Jain Heritage. I’ve some very fond reminiscences of swimming in that pool, particularly in my childhood as a swimmer. The campus has an awesome environment for sports activities,” acknowledged the youngest Indian swimmer to have made the Olympic Commonplace Time.
Srihari expects powerful competitors from Punjab College, which gained the general championship within the inaugural version in Odisha, in addition to Chennai’s Anna College.
“I will probably be swimming some dash occasions which embody 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle other than relay occasions. I believe racing towards Anna College’s Adithya Dinesh will probably be fairly thrilling particularly within the 50m freestyle occasion. We each practice collectively and we virtually clock the identical time (23 seconds)I anticipate the relays to be game-changers within the swimming self-discipline on the KIUG 2021 with Universities sending their prime swimmers,” he added.
Despite the fact that Srihari’s efficiency on the French Elite Nationwide Swimming Championships was not perfect, he says he had some necessary takeaways from the meet.
“I used to be racing for the primary time because the Senior Nationals final October. Though I didn’t swim my greatest instances in 100m backstroke, I did effectively within the 200m backstroke clocking 2:03.27 and missed out on a medal in 50m backstroke by 0.2 fractions of a second. I used to be not tapered for this meet and would possibly begin tapering simply earlier than the CWG. After the KIUG 2021, I’ll race in Monaco subsequent month,” Srihari stated,
Srihari recalled his time on the Khelo India Youth Video games 2018 and in 2019, the place he was one of many star performers.
“I nonetheless bear in mind the primary Khelo India College Video games in 2018, Delhi the place I gained 6 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze. It was my first expertise of a multi-discipline sporting occasion and it was very memorable. It’s nice that younger athletes are getting this type of publicity, it absolutely helped me construct on my efficiency,” he stated.