Sajan Prakash was competing at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome where he breached the Olympic qualification by just 10 milliseconds in the 200m butterfly event.

Sajan Prakash will now be a medal prospect for India at the Tokyo Olympics next month (Reuters Photo)


  • Sajan Prakash clocked 1:56:38 in the men’s 200m butterfly event
  • The Olympic qualification cut-off time was 1:56:48
  • Sajan Prakash had recently bagged 200m butterfly gold medal at the Belgrade Trophy swimming competition

India’s Sajan Prakash made history in Rome on Saturday as he became the first swimmer from the country to qualify for the Olympic Games after his outstanding performance in the ongoing Sette Colli Trophy.

Sajan Prakash clocked 1:56:38 in the men’s 200m butterfly event which is 10 milliseconds under the qualification cut-off time of 1:56:48.

Sajan Prakash’s recent achievement comes just 6 days after he bagged the gold medal in the men’s 200m butterfly event at the FINA-accredited Olympic Qualifying event, also called the Belgrade Trophy swimming competition.

The 27-year-old swimmer from Kerala clocked a time of 1:56.96s to beat the rest of the competition.

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