Olumpian swimmer Srihari Nataraj made a spectacular ending to his campaign at the 37th National Games, securing a total of eight gold medals, including four in the team relays.
The goal is to qualify for the Olympics: Srihari Nataraj
The closing day of the event, which took place this Saturday at the Campal Sports Complex in Panaji, saw Srihari taking on the veteran Virdhawal Khade, who has also clocked the fastest 100m time at the Games. However, the youngster from Bengaluru made a stellar start, and followed up by increasing his lead at the turn, improving on his personal best at the meet.
“Quite a long year, ups and downs but it was good,” Srihari told Sportstar. “Going into the National Games, I didn’t really intend to get back to full training and I wasn’t really sure what to expect but the goal was to help Karnataka to a few golds. Had a few good swims, couple of surprisingly fast swims and the 200m free was probably the most satisfying one.”
“I’m going to take some time off after this, give my body and mind some rest and get back to backstroke training…fix my stroke to get back my balance. The goal is to qualify for the (2024) Olympics by March-April and train for Paris,” he added.