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Commonwealth Games 2018: Swimming Men's 50m Backstroke Semi Final, Srihari Nataraj carries India's hopes, Live Updates

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedApr 07, 2018 16:07 IST

Srihari Nataraj's event is set to get underway at 3.30 pm IST.

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16:07 (IST)7 APR 2018

That's all from us here, as we come tto the end of Heat 2. Stay tuned for the confirmation on whether Nataraj has qualified for the final or not.

16:04 (IST)7 APR 2018

Meanwhile, Srihari Nataraj of India finishes fifth in Heat 2, with a timing of 26.5!

16:03 (IST)7 APR 2018

Benjamin Treffers (24.99) and Zac Incerti (25.19), both of Australia finish in the top 2 positions! Meanwhile, Harry Shalamon (25.52) of Jersey finishes third.

16:00 (IST)7 APR 2018

And the whistle goes off, as they all swim away!

16:00 (IST)7 APR 2018

The whistle goes, and they all take their positions, with their backs facing their targets.

15:59 (IST)7 APR 2018

The swimmers are on their mark, and ready to dive in!

15:58 (IST)7 APR 2018

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the 50m Butterfly Semi Final, where  India's Srihari NAtaraj is set to take part.

15:18 (IST)7 APR 2018

India’s Srihari Nataraj is all set to get his 50m backstroke campaign underway at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, earlier.

Nataraj, who is considered as one of India’s most promising young swimmers, had made his way to the semifinals on Saturday, after he finished the inital  round with 26.47 seconds on the clock.

India have just a three-man swiming contingent at the Commonwealth Games, with Sajan Prakash and Virdhawal Khade being the other two swimmers.

Pradeep Sreedharan, who was named as the national chief coach, came under the scanner after reports claimed that he had not been training the Indian swimmers, and had instead been working in Dubai.

However, both he and Sajan Prakash later clarified that Pradeep was not being paid a single penny by the federation for being the the chief coach, and needed the job in Dubai in order to feed his family.

It will e interesting to see whether these controversies would affect the Indian swimmers.

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