Sejwal sinks, fails to qualify in 100m BS

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Beijing, Aug 9 (UNI) Teenager Sandeep Sejwal clocked 1:02.19s to finish second in his heat three but that was not enough to sail him through to the semifinal of the men's 100m Breast stroke event at the Beijing Olympics here today.

The Indian national record holder in this event must have realised that clocking a qualifying time and participating in Olympics are two different things.

Sejwal had timed 1:03:72s to qualify for the Games and though he improved on that timing but found himself out of the event.

He was the first Indian out of the four here, to dive in the the pool at the National Aquatic Centre, finished 0.39s behind Daniel Velez of Puerto Rico who topped Heat three but all those who swam in this heat met the same fate. They failed to finish among the top 16 for the next phase.

Sejwal completed the first 50m in 29.08s before losing some steam in the second half and in the end, stood 38th over all - 2.78s behind Alexander Dale Oen of Norway who topped the chart at 59.41s, setting a new Olympic record.

Sandeep will now compete in the 200m Breaststroke event.


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