SHIVANI KATARIA

Blog By: RIYA RATHORE

Shivani Katariya hails from Haryana is set to compete in her maiden Olyympic along with Kerala’s Sajan Prakash. While Sajan qualified having an upper hand over Sandeep Sejwal, 18-year old swimmer facd no opposition as she was the only Indian eligible. Also, Katariya was the lone Indian woman to compete at the last World Championship After Beijing Games, this is the first time more than one swimmer is representing India. She is the first woman swimmer to represent India since 2004 Athens Olympics, when Shikha Tandon last represented India in Women’s 50m and 100 m. Shivani, a fine talent, has ability to learn and improve quickly. Knowing her strengths and weaknesses makes seperates her from the rest of the swimmers. Shivani who took up swimming at the age of 8 was inspired by her cousin who used to swim. As her parents supported her , she faced no difficulty in choosing swimming as a career. Haryan swimmer wants to inspire many young Indian swimmers to take the sport seriously and accompany her in Tokyo. Shivani Kataria was selected as India’s wild card entry for the Rio Olympics by the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) president, Digambar Kamat, after no Indian swimmer was able to qualify through the qualifiers. Shivani Kataria is a fine talent. But what seperates her from the rest of the swimmers is her ability to learn and improve quickly. Shivani has a good understanding of her strengths and weaknesses and her performances have always been in accordance to that. he great thing about talking to young athletes, especially in India, is that you get a lot of honesty and they call it like they see it.

Teenager Shivani Kataria will be representing India at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 200m freestyle event in swimming and the Gurgaon-based youngster has risen swiftly to become the country’s hope in a sport that does not see frequent participation in international competitions. Confident, smart and yet grounded, Shivani Kataria is pretty realistic about her chances in Brazil and spoke exclusively to Sportskeeda about her life, swimming and whom she wants to meet in the Olympics village. Shivani was selected as India’s wildcard entry for the Rio Olympics by the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) president, Digambar Kamat, making her the first Indian women to swim in the Summer Olympics after 2004 in Athens. She competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the women’s 200 metre freestyle event; her time of 2:09.30 in the heats did not qualify her for the semifinals. She holds most of the Indian national records. She was India’s first female Olympic swimmer since the 2004 Summer Olympics. Shivani sees the 2016 Olympics qualification more as a learning curve which will strengthen her chances in the 2020 Olympics.

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