Indian swimmer Chahat Arora has created a national record in the women's 100m breaststroke event at the ongoing FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2022 at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre pool on Wednesday. Before Chahat, it was Annie Jain's 1:13:50 time that was the best performance by an Indian woman in the 100m breaststroke.
Chahat has done this feat by completing 1:13.13s in the 100-meter breaststroke event. Earlier, the Golden Girl has won many medals in the National Games. Till now she had won two gold medals along with two national records and one silver medal. Now this will be the third national record. Though she came third in heat 1, she was far off from qualifying for the semi-finals, finishing 42nd among 55 competing across eight heats. Only the top 16 progressed to the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old will participate in the women's 50m breaststroke event on Saturday. She created India's national record in the 50m breaststroke at the National Aquatic Championships in September with a timing of 32.94s. Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte, however, topped the overall heats in 1:03.81s, which was 9.32s quicker than Chahat Arora. The 19-year-old Lara Van Niekerk of South Africa came second in 1:03.93s. While Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Lilly King of the USA came third in 1:03.94s.
On the other hand, Siva Sridhar will compete in the 100m individual medley on Thursday. He bettered his national record in the men's 200m individual medley on Tuesday but failed to qualify for the final. The FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2022, the 16th edition of the competition, will conclude on Sunday.