Srihari Nataraj is an Indian swimmer born on 16th January 2001. He hails from Bengaluru in Karnataka. Srihari specializes in backstroke and represents India internationally in that discipline.
Srihari Nataraj- Early Life, Family & Background
Srihari Nataraj made his international debut in 2015 at the Asian Age Group Swimming Championships, where he finished 8th in 200m Medley and 6th in 100m Backstroke and 200m Backstroke.
Srihari Nataraj Achievements
In 2017, Srihari tasted his first national success by clinching a Gold medal in 100m Backstroke by clocking 57.33s at the National Junior Aquatic Championships. The following year, he set the national records in 100m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke, 200m Backstroke, and 200m Freestyle while claiming the Gold medal in each event at the National Junior Aquatic Championships in Pune.
At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Srihari set the national record in 100m Backstroke by clocking 56.71 seconds in the heats. That year, he shattered national records in 200m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke, and 4x100 Medley Relay team at the Jakarta Asian Games.
In 2019, he bagged seven Gold medals in 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 200m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley Relay, and 4x100 Freestyle in the Khelo India Youth Games. That year, he bagged his first International Gold medal with his 4x100m Freestyle Relay team at the Asian Age Group Swimming Championships. In July, Srihari competed at the World Aquatics Championships.
At the 73rd Senior National Aquatic Championships, Srihari won the Gold medals while shattering his own national record in 200m Backstroke (2:02.29s) and 100m Backstroke (55.63s).
In April 2021, Srihari broke his national record while claiming Gold medals in 100m Backstroke (54.07s) and 50m Backstroke (25.11s) at the Uzbekistan Open Aquatic Championships.
In June 2021, Srihari Nataraj achieved ‘A’ Olympic qualification time in 100m Backstroke for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the Settecolli Swim Meet in Rome, Italy.