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Srihari Nataraj

Srihari Nataraj is an Indian professional swimmer. He is the youngest Indian male swimmer to qualify for the FINA ‘A’ standard for international swimming in the men’s 100m backstroke and gain direct entry to the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Srihari has many national records to his name.

Wiki/Biography

Srihari Nataraj was born on Tuesday 16 January 2001 (Age 20 years; Until 2021) in Bangalore, India. His zodiac sign is Capricorn. Srihari attended Delhi Public School, Bangalore and Jain Heritage School, Bangalore for his primary and secondary education. He joined Sri Bhagavan Mahaveer Jain College, Bangalore to pursue his higher education. Srihari Nataraj was very fond of sports from childhood and started swimming lessons at the age of 2. Srihari has participated in various national and international level swimming competitions since his teenage years.

Childhood photo of Srihari Nataraj

Childhood photo of Srihari Nataraj

Physical appearance

Height (Approx): 6′ 1″

Weight (Approx): 80 kg

Eye Color: Black

Hair Color: Black

Srihari Nataraj

Family

Parents & Siblings

Srihari Nataraj was born into a family of athletes. His father Nataraj Venkataramanan was a Bengaluru University cricketer. His mother Kalyani is a volleyball player who represented Tamil Nadu in Junior Nationals. His brother Balaji Nataraj is also a swimmer. Srihari Nataraj’s paternal uncles were cricketers who played for Ranji and he got the chance to play with his first cousin Rahul Dravid.

Srihari Nataraj with Amma

Srihari Nataraj with Amma

profession

Srihari Nataraj started swimming lessons at the age of 2. At this young age he tried all the sports available to him, but was more inclined towards cricket. Srihari said in an interview:

I bowl fast and leg spin. I play basketball, tennis and soccer.

But his love for the blue water almost started while watching his older brother practice in the pool. Srihari first participated in a swimming competition at the age of 5. He described his first swimming race experience

My first race was when I was 5 years old. I was swimming for two events. It was a very memorable race because it was one of the races that sparked my swimming career. That’s why I’m a swimmer now. Being the youngest swimmer, winning two golds was very exciting and exciting!

Srihari Nataraj trained under coach AC Jayarajan, who saw his talent at this young age and recommended him to train professionally. Later, he was transferred to the famous swimming coach Nihar Amin Academy. A few years of training and a strict diet helped him win medals in various state and national level competitions.

Srihari Nataraj with his coach

Srihari Nataraj with his coach

Srihari Nataraj made his international debut at the 2015 Asian Age Group Swimming Championships where he finished 8th in the 200m medley, 6th in the 100m backstroke and 6th in the 200m backstroke. Srihari won his first national level gold medal in the 100m backstroke at the National Junior Aquatic Championship 2017 with a time of 57.33 seconds.

Srihari Nataraj won his first national level gold medal

Srihari Nataraj won his first national level gold medal

In the same year, he participated in the National Junior Aquatic Championships held in Pune and set national records by winning gold medals in each of the 100m backstroke, 50m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle events. In 2018, Srihari Nataraj set another national record in the 100m backstroke clocking 56.71 seconds. Srihari bagged a total of 7 gold medals at the Gallo India Youth Games 2019. She won her first international gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay team at the Asian Age Group Swimming Championships. Srihari broke his own national record in 200m backstroke and 100m backstroke at the 73rd Senior National Aquatic Championship.

On 1 July 2021, Srihari created a historic moment by becoming the youngest Indian swimmer to qualify in the men’s 100m backstroke time trial in the Men’s 100m backstroke time trial at the Settecolli Swimming Championships in Rome, Italy and earn a direct ticket to the Tokyo Olympics. 2020. Indian Sports Minister Sri Kiran Rijiju congratulated Srihari Nataraj on his remarkable achievement on Twitter.

Tweet from Sports Minister of India congratulating Srihari Nataraj on qualifying for FINA'A' ranking

Tweet from Sports Minister of India congratulating Srihari Nataraj on qualifying for FINA’A’ ranking

Medals

Gold

  • 2016: 100M Backstroke at the South Asian Aquatic Championships in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2016: 200M Backstroke at the South Asian Aquatic Championships in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2016: 4x 100M Medley Relay South Asian Aquatic Championships, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2017: 50m backstroke at the National Junior Aquatic Championships in Pune, India
  • 2017: 100m Backstroke at the National Junior Aquatic Championships in Pune, India
  • 2017: 200m backstroke at the India National Junior Aquatic Championships, Pune
  • 2017: 200m Freestyle at the National Junior Aquatic Championships in Pune, India
  • 2019: 50m Freestyle at the Gallo India Youth Games in Pune, India
  • 2019: 200m Freestyle at the Gallo India Youth Games in Pune, India
  • 2019: 50m Backstroke at the Gallo India Youth Games in Pune, India
  • 2019: 100m Backstroke at the Gallo India Youth Games in Pune, India
  • 2019: 200m backstroke at the Gallo India Youth Games in Pune, India
  • 2019: 4x100m medley relay at the Gallo India Youth Games in Pune, India
  • 2019: 4×100 Freestyle Gallo India Youth Games, Pune, India
  • 2019: 100m Backstroke at the 73rd Senior National Aquatic Championships, Bhopal, India
  • 2019: 200m Backstroke at the 73rd Senior National Aquatic Championships, Bhopal, India
  • 2020: 50m Backstroke at the Uzbekistan Open Aquatic Championships, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 2020: 100m Backstroke at the Uzbekistan Open Aquatic Championships, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Friday

  • 2016: 50M Backstroke at the South Asian Aquatic Championships in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Awards & Honours

Ekalavya Award 2020

On 22 November 2020, Srihari Nataraj was honored with the Ekalavya Award for his outstanding performance in swimming. The Ekalavya Award is presented by the Government of Karnataka to sportspersons of the nation for their outstanding performance in the field of sports. The awardees will receive a gold trophy and Rs. 2 lakhs.

Received Srihari Nataraj Ekalavya Award

Received Srihari Nataraj Ekalavya Award

records

  • National Record in Men’s 100m Backstroke at Sette Goli Trophy in Rome 2021
  • He became the first Indian to reach the finals of the 2018 Youth Olympics

favorite things

Facts/Trivia

  • Srihari Nataraj practiced freestyle swimming in the early stages of his swimming career. On the recommendation of his coach AC Jayarajan, he started backstroke training and won his first gold medal in the 100 backstroke event.
  • Srihari Nataraj, in an interview, revealed that he follows a certain ritual before and after finishing each match. he said,

    Before the Race – I pray before I start the race and I listen to music from the time I get to the race venue until I start the race. Post-Race – Thank God after the race, I immediately meet my coach when I’m out of the water.

  • Srihari Nataraj has represented India at various national and international levels, having participated in the 2018 Asian Games, 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 World Aquatics Championships.
  • In an interview, Srihari’s mother revealed that Srihari’s father did not believe in continuing Srihari’s professional journeys to the World Championships. she said,

    When his dad heard that we had to spend so much for the World Championship, he said, ‘You don’t go. If you have to spend money to go to worlds, what’s your achievements worth?”

    And he added,

    We have spent nearly Rs 8 lakh on Srihari’s two World Championships in the last one month, the Senior Worlds in Guangzhou in July and the Junior World Championships in Budapest which concluded a few days ago. We spend INR 70,000-80,000 every month on his swimming and almost INR 30 lakhs on his sports in the last few years.

  • Since 2018, Srihari Nataraj’s event trips are sponsored by PumaIndia, FastandUnIndia and Merakiconnect. Srihari often promotes these brands on his social media accounts.
    Srihari Nataraj promotes Puma India on his Instagram account

    Srihari Nataraj promotes Puma India on his Instagram account

  • Srihari also runs a YouTube channel called “Srihari Nataraj” where he shares videos of his swimming racing events.
  • Srihari is an animal lover and loves to have a pet dog in his own home.
    Srihari Nataraj holds a pug dog

    Srihari Nataraj holds a pug dog

  • Srihari Nataraj likes to play Jenga in his spare time.
    Srihari Nataraj plays Jenga

    Srihari Nataraj plays Jenga

  • A favorite quote of Srihari Nataraj

    I’m not always right, but I’m never wrong.

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