Veteran swimmer Virdhawal Khade continued India’s fine showing at the Asian Age Group Swimming Championships in Bengaluru as he narrowly fended off the challenge by Uzbekistan’s Khurshidjon Tursanov to win gold in the 50m freestyle category with a timing of 22.59 seconds.
While Khade clinched an individual gold medal, Sajan Prakash - who represented India at the 2016 Rio Olympics - managed another silver medal in Bengaluru, finishing behind Thailand’s Navaphat Wongcharoen in the 100m butterfly race, while Kuwait’s Abbas Qali nabbed the bronze.
Rawat continues to shine
The 2019 Asian Age Group Swimming Championships is turning out to be a dream tournament for young Kushagra Rawat, who carried on from where he left off on Tuesday (24 September), winning another gold medal in the 1500m men’s freestyle category.
Rawat starting off brilliantly and kept that lead throughout the race, finishing with a time of 15:41:54 seconds - nearly eight seconds ahead of second-placed Chang Cheng Li Wei to win his third gold medal of the competition.
India’s other prodigy, S Siva also bagged a silver medal in the 400m men’s medley race, finishing behind Syria’s Aiman Klzie, with a timing of 4:32:11 seconds. The mixed 4x100 freestyle relay team, comprising of Srihari Nataraj, Maana Patel, Shivani Kataria and Khade, also did the nation proud as they won a bronze medal with a timing of 3:42:56 seconds.
Indian women struggle
While the male swimmers continued to shine in Bengaluru, it was a day of limited success for the Indian eves. Kataria was the sole female swimmer from the host nation to finish on the podium, winning a silver medal at the 1500m women’s freestyle race.
She was considerably second best in that race though, finishing with a time of 17:58:16, behind Thailand’s star swimmer Natthanan Junkrajang who won gold with a time of 17:39:93.
India’s AV Jayaveena achieved the other notable result for the eves, finishing fourth in the 50m women’s breaststroke race, missing out on a podium finish by a matter of milliseconds.