On Saturday, Sajan Prakash, a police officer from Kerala, became the first Indian swimmer to achieve the Olympic ‘A’ qualification mark. Mr Prakash clocked an impressive 1:56.38 – 0.1 second less than the qualification standard – in the 200-metre butterfly event in Rome at the Setti Colli Trophy to automatically qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
Kerala Police tweeted about the 26-year-old swimmer’s achievement on its official handle and said that it was “a proud moment” for the country. What makes his achievement even more special is that over the past couple of years, Mr Prakash battled a slipped disc in the neck.
Even the Swimming Federation of India tweeted about Mr Prakash’s feat on its official handle, calling it a “watershed moment in Indian swimming”, while also sharing a video of the qualification event.
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