We need to have more competition in India, says Sajan

New Delhi [India], July 4 (ANI): Swimmer Sajan Prakash, who heads to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, looks to use all the experience he has gained over the past five years – including the Rio Games and the Asian Games – for the flagship event of July 23.

Last month, Prakash became the first Indian swimmer to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo with a time of 1:56:38 in the men’s 200m butterfly event at the Sette Colli Trophy. The qualifying cut-off was 1:56:48.

“Five years ago I was in Rio and my time was 1: 59: 3 and now it’s 1: 56: 3 so there is a 3 second gap that I covered. ‘Acts not for seconds, I have learned a lot over the training periods through the swimming strategy, ”Sajan said responding to an NNA at a virtual press conference hosted by the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

“And I think it all depends on the experience I had first at the Olympics and then at the Asian Games. With training with coaches on other aspects of running, I think I gained a lot of knowledge about flying. I think I’ll put everything in place to swim at these Olympics and maybe even more after. “Speaking about why Indian swimmers lack consistency internationally, he said, “It’s not just one thing, it’s the package, it’s the combined effort. The support system is what got me here. Other Indian swimmers, are not lacking in talent but they don’t have the opportunity to be consistent. We only have two competitions in senior swimmers, and that’s not enough to test yourself. Need to have more competition inside India. ” “If the government supports more, with sports and biomechanics scientists coming in to work towards a goal, I think that there will be more changes in the future, “he added.

With only 19 days to Tokyo 2020, Prakash has set himself a realistic goal for the Games as he said, “The realistic goal would be to reduce my time to 0.5 seconds. 1:55: 8 will surely set me up. in the semi-finals and if I can do the same in SF I can go through the finals. ”From December 2019 to March 2020, Prakash was in rehab and didn’t swim much, but his physiotherapist and his coach helped him out a lot. this. “After rehab in March I was in lockdown in Thailand, so until June-July I wasn’t swimming. So it was a clear 8 month gap without getting into the water. so literally had to start from scratch and I had to work on the basics. But at the end of the day we worked on the little things taking it one step at a time. And thanks to my coach’s dedication I got there He said. (ANI)

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