India’s Suyash Narayan Jadhav has qualified for the final of the Men’s 200m Individual Medley SM7 event of the Rio Paralympic Games held at the Olympic Aquatics Centre in Rio de Janeiro.The qualifying event consisted of two Heats which consisted of six athletes each and the top-8 fastest athletes combined from both the heats were to qualify for the final round which will take place later tonight.In Heat 1, it was Colombia’s Carlos Serrano Zarate who finished first in the event with a timing of 2:40.58 as Australia’s Matthew Levy finished at the second spot with a timing of 2:46.04. It was Germany’s Tobias Pollap who finished at the third spot in Heat 1 as he ended up with a timing of 2:46.16.
In Heat 2, India’s Suyash Jadhav started the event with a great jump and was in the lead in the first 10 metres but slipped away as he finished in the 6th and last spot in the Heat with a timing of 3:01.05. This was not enough to see the Indian qualify for the finals as he finished at the 10th spot from all the 12 swimmers.It was the USA’s Rudy Garcia-Tolson who finished at the first spot in Heat 2 with a timing of 2:43.26 which saw her getting placed as the second fastest swimmer overall. Ukraine’s Levenii Bogodaiko finished at the second spot in Heat 2 with a timing of 2:44.89 whereas Jingang Wang finished at the third spot with a timing of 2:49.56.However, the competition ended India’s hopes of winning a medal from the sport of swimming as it was Suyash Jadhav’s last event at the Rio Paralympics. The Indian could not qualify for the finals of all the three events he took part in and will be disappointed with himself.
Here is how the event ended at the Olympic Aquatics Centre: