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Profile of Virdhawal Khade: Indian swimmer qualified for the 2012 London Olympics
Indian swimmer Virdhawal Khade has qualified for 2012 London Summer Olympics. This is a profile of Virdhawal Khade, India's youngest swimmer qualified for the Olympics. The profile describes achievements of National swimming record holder Virdhawal Khade at Beijing Olympics 2008. Also, Virdhawal is an Indian sportsman hopeful of securing a medal at 2012 London Olympics.
Personal Profile of Virdhawal Khade at a glance:
- Complete name: Virdhawal Vikram Khade
- Birth-date: 29-08-1991
- Birth place: Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India.
- Height: 6'3"
- Swimming stroke style: Virdhawal is competes in Freestyle and butterfly swimming events.
- Current endorsements: Virdhawal currently endorses US based sportswear and footwear brand Nike. He is also associated with "Pratham Books" working for a initiative of cultivating the hobby of reading books among Indian children.
- Current coach/ trainer: Virdhawal trains under renowned Indian swimming coach, Nihar Ameen.
Background of Virdhawal Khade:
The city of Kolhapur in Indian state Maharashtra has been traditionally associated with the sport of wrestling. However, in last couple of decades, the city has found many new budding youngsters taking up shooting and swimming as a sport and profession as well. One such 20 year old local youth with charming looks and a smiling face took up swimming in childhood and by the time he was 20, he is already an Indian record holder in 50 m, 100m, 200 m, and 400 m freestyle swimming events. Meet Virdhawal Vikram Khade from Kolhapur, who looks like an ordinary teenage guy but has already represented the nation at Beijing Summer Olympics 2008 and now has qualified as India's offical entry in London Olympics 2012 swimming events. Seems much impressive CV than a regular college-goer, right?
Professional achievements of Virdhawal Khade in swimming:
Well, Virdhawal has already achieved a showcase full of awards. His significant contribution to Indian swimming being:
- South Asian Games 2006: Virdahawal had his moment of glory very early in life when he won 6 gold medals at South Asian Games, 2006 organised at Colombo, Sri Lanka. Khade also set 3 new records for the South Asian Games
- National Games 2007: Virdahawal was a proud winner of 6 gold medals at 33rd National games hosted by Guwahati, the capital of Assam. In the quest of his gold medals, Virdhawal Khade set five National Games records.
- Commonwealth Youth Games 2008: Commonwealth Youth Games for the year 2008 were organized at Pune, Maharashtra. Virdhawal Khade was the flag bearer of the Indian contingent and even achieved his best timing of 1:49.86sec for 200 m freestyle event of the same competition. The Commonwealth Youth Games also saw Virdhawal Khade achieving his personal best of 49.47sec in 100 m freestyle swimming.
- Age group Asian Games 2009: Virdhawal headed to Japan for participating in Age group Asian Games held in August 2009 and returned with a personal best timing of 22.58sec in 50 m freestyle swimming event.
- Asian Games 2010: Apart from freestyle swimming, Virdhawal also demonstrated his prowess in butterfly swimming when he won the bronze medal at 16 th Asian Games, Guangzhou, China on 16 th November, 2010. The significance of the achievement can be understood from the fact that it was only India's second medal at the Asian games in swimming and the last one came way back in 1986 in form of Khajan Singh's silver at Seoul. That was an impressive campaign of Virdhawal Khade at one of the greatest sports meet in Asia.
Virdhawal Khade's performance in Olympics:
At the age of 16 years, Virdhawal became the youngest Indian swimmer to qualify for the Olympics. Virdhawal trained hard for the Beijing Olympics 2008 and was quite successful when he clocked 50.07 sec in 100m swimming freestyle event while winning in Heat 3. Unfortunately, his challenge in 100m freestyle event ended before semi-finals placing him 42nd in the event. Virdhawal Khade had slightly better performance in 50 m and ended with 32nd rank. In 200 m, Virdhawal was placed 48th. The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics was a great learning experience for young Virdhawal. But this time, aiming for glory in 2012 London summer Olympics, Virdhawal is a much more improved swimmer and has few more national records under his belt. India can hope Virdhawal to achieve significant success at the London Olympics 2012.
- Best timings of Virdhawal Khade: The freestyle swimming event which is an unregulated swimming event under the purview of FINA (International Swimming Federation) tests a swimmer's stamina and technique both. Freestyle swimming which predominantly based on employing a front crawl stroke is the forte of Virdhawal Khade. Virdhawal swam a 400m distance in 4:01.87sec at 51st MILO/PRAM Malaysia Invitation Open which is his best timing in 400 m freestyle swimming.
- Awards received by Virdhawal Khade: Virdhawal Khade's invaluable contribution to Indian swimming was acknowledged when the prestigious Arjuna award was conferred upon him. The Arjuna award was handed over to Virdhawal Khade by honourable president of india Smt.Pratibha Patil in a spectacular ceremony. Virdhawal had all the more reason to celebrate as the award ceremony coincided with his birthday on 29th August.
Hopes from Virdhawal Khade at London Summer Olympics 2012:
Virdhawal Khade is second Indian swimmer after Sandeep Sejwal to have qualified for the London Olympics 2012. While Virdhawal had put up a good show at the last Olympics in Beijing, 2008 but his recent performances at both domestic and international have suggested that lot more can be expected from Virdhawal at London in both freestyle and butterfly swimming events. Nevertheless Olympics 2012 would provide a great opportunity for Virdhawal to compete on world stage in a competition featuring international stars like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay, Novak Djokovic, top woman athlete like Yelena Isinbayeva.
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