Mondal, Nataraj win gold in 100m breaststroke and 50m backstroke

Sports Reporter
Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Pune: Swadesh Mondal and Srihari Nataraj finished with impressive performances on a day which witnessed six national records being broken during the Glenmark 35th Sub Junior and 45th Junior National Aquatic Championships in progress at the Balewadi Sports Complex Swimming Pool on Tuesday.

Mondal who trains at SAI Glenmark TIDM programme at Delhi and  represents Bengal nearly managed to retain the individual championships for Boys Group II by winning his fourth medal with yet another national record in the 100 metres breaststroke with a time of 01:07.51. 

Pune: Swadesh Mondal and Srihari Nataraj finished with impressive performances on a day which witnessed six national records being broken during the Glenmark 35th Sub Junior and 45th Junior National Aquatic Championships in progress at the Balewadi Sports Complex Swimming Pool on Tuesday.

Mondal who trains at SAI Glenmark TIDM programme at Delhi and  represents Bengal nearly managed to retain the individual championships for Boys Group II by winning his fourth medal with yet another national record in the 100 metres breaststroke with a time of 01:07.51. 

Harsha R of Karnataka won the silver with a time of 01:11.48 while Pragun Dev of Karnataka won the bronze with a time of  01:13.29.
Mondal earlier won his third gold medal with a national record breaking time of 02:10.93. Mondal is three years younger to Neel Roy but clocked a time which was just 0.7 seconds lower. Shoan Ganguly from Goa swam a fantastic race to win his second medal, a silver with a time of 02:14.14 while Aryan Nehra managed to thwart a late challenge from SFI’s Armaan Sikka to win bronze with a time of 02:17.97

Meanwhile reigning overall best swimmer champion in the Boys Group I category, Srihari Nataraj created an aura of invincibility around him as he broke the national record in the 50 metres backstroke  Boys Group I with a time of 00:26.31, breaking his own record set in the morning. He thus broke the same record twice in a day. Xavier Dsouza who trains at Glenmark Aquatic Foundation representing Goa gave a tough fight to Srihari to win silver with a time of 00:27.13 while Soumyajit Saha of Bengal won the bronze with a time of 00:27.89

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