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Swimmer Maana Patel Creates New Record In Women’s 100m Backstroke

At the Canet leg of the Mare Nostrum Swimming Tour 2022 in France, Indian Olympian Maana Patel claimed the ‘Best Indian Time’ in the women’s 100m backstroke category.

Following nine days of competing in three cities – Monaco, Barcelona, and Canet – the Mare Nostrum Tour came to a close on Sunday.

The 22-year-old swimmer from Gujarat, who had competed in the Tokyo Olympics last year, recorded a personal best of 01:03.69 on the last day of the tournament on Sunday night. Maana, who made history as the first Indian woman to qualify for the Olympics ahead of Tokyo 2020, also swam in the 50m backstroke but did not make the finals.


In the heat of the final leg in Canet, Maana set a new record, although she only finished fifth in the finals. Fellow Indian swimmer B. Suvana Bhasker came in 30th.

Srihari Nataraj, another Indian swimmer who also competed at the Tokyo Olympics, participated in the men’s 50m freestyle, 100m, and 200m backstroke events. Srihari earned three gold medals in the Khelo India University Games last month and came within 0.70 seconds of winning a medal in the 100m backstroke at Monaco. At Canet, he finished fifth in the same event.

In the meantime, Likith Selvaraj was the sole Indian competing in the men’s 50m and 100m breaststroke events in Barcelona. In both disciplines, he was unable to reach the finals.

Swimmers were given points depending on their performance during the three legs of the Mare Nostrum Tour. The tour was won by the swimmers who had the highest winning total throughout the three meets.

Maana had previously set the former ‘Best Indian time’ of 01:03.77 in the competition, which she had achieved in Belgrade last year.

When a time is achieved during the National Aquatic Championships, it is considered a national record in swimming. As a result, the ‘Best Indian Time’ refers to the times recorded in other meetings.

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