“India has given the finest athletes to the world”. To justify this statement we have a list of athletes who are one of the finest Indian swimmers in Asian Games 2018.
Indian Swimmers in Asian Games 2018
1. Virdhawal Khade
Virdhawal Vikram Khade is the youngest swimmer to represent India in the Olympic Games.
Virdhawal, fondly called as Veer is a 6”3 inches tall and lean. He was born in the state of Maharashtra, on 29th August 1991.
He completed his education from New Model Junior College.
Khade started his career in swimming at a very early age. He started learning swimming for 4 years. Just like any kid who would like to join summer classes, he joined the vacation batch. Gradually he developed liking towards swimming and conquered a great interest. He had rigorous training in Swimming. Virdhawal started competing in swimming tournaments for 9 years.
At the age of 15 years, he participated in the South Asian games and grabbed many medals breaking a few records. He is the youngest swimmer in the Indian Sports history to represent the country in Olympics. He was only 17 years old when he participated in the Beijing Olympic games in 2008. In this first South Asian game participation, he won 6 gold medals breaking three records.
Medals, Rewards and Records
- 2006 South Asian Games – 6 gold medals
- 33rd National Games, Guwahati – broke 5 records
- 2010 Asian Games – Bronze medal
- 50m Butterfly – 24.25sec at 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games, India
- 100m Butterfly – 52.77sec at 2009 Asian Age Group Swimming Championships
- 50m Freestyle – 22.8 sec at 2009 Asian Age Group Swimming Championships
- 100m Freestyle – 49.47sec, at 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games, conducted at Pune, India
- 200m Freestyle – 1:49.86sec, at 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games, conducted at Pune, India
- 400m Freestyle – 4:01.87sec, at 2008 51st Milo PRAM Malaysian Open
- Under the National Sports for Swimming Category, he was honoured with Arjuna Award in the year 2011.
2. Sandeep Sejwal
Sandeep Sejwal is a Senior National Swimming Champion. He was born on January 23, 1989, in Devanagari. He had early education and graduated from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi.
He was trained by Nihar Ameen. Sejwal received immense support from the GoSports Foundation to pursue his dream. The foundation is a non-profit organization in India geared towards promoting sports.
He is a national record holder in breaststroke events in India. He competed in Asian Games and World Championships. After clocking at 1:02.92s in the 100m breaststroke qualified to participate at 2012 London Olympic Games.
Awards, Rewards, and Records
- A Record Holder in 50m, 100m, and 200m breaststroke events.
- Competed in 50m and 100m breaststroke events at 2007 Asian Indoor Games and won silver medals respectively.
- Competed at 2010 Asian Juniors, Beijing in 100m and 200m breaststroke events
- Made a record at 14th FINA world championships at Shangai in 100m breaststroke event
- Competed in 2012 Olympic Games
- Competed in 50m breaststroke event at 2014 Asian Games, and won a bronze medal
- He was honoured with the Arjuna Award in the year 2012, under the National Sports Swimming Category.
3. Sajan Prakash
Sajan Prakash is one of the most renowned swimmers in India. He represented the country in Asian Games, Olympics and Common Wealth Games. He is called the ‘Michael Phelps of India.’ He created history in grabbing the most number of medals in the swimming tournaments, both Nationally and Internationally. He rose to fame as the best National athlete in the year 2015.
Sajan Prakash hails from Kerala, South India. V.J.Shantymol is his mother, is a famous athlete. She represented India at many National and International events. He was raised in the Neiveli district, Tamilnadu and graduated from Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamilnadu.
Later, he participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Prakash holds the most number of National records in the country. He holds three South Asian records He holds 800m freestyle record in Asian Games.
Awards, Rewards, and Honors
In the 35th India National Games, held at Kerala in the year 2015, he won six gold and three silver medals in the following categories.
- 100 Meter Butterfly – Gold
- 200 Meter Butterfly – Gold
- 200 Meter Free Style – Silver
- 400 Meter Free Style – Gold
- 800 Meter Free Style – Gold
- 1500 Meter Free Style – Gold
- 4×100 Meter Relay Free Style – Gold
- 4×100 Meter Relay Medley – Silver
- At Asian Age Group 2017, held at Bangkok, he won 1 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals.
- At Asian Indoor Games 2017, he won a silver medal in 100m butterfly-stroke event.
- At Asian Age Group 2017, held at Tashkent, he won 1 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals.
- He also participated in the Common Wealth Games, qualified till quarter-finals.
- Kerala State Government honoured him as the Circle Inspector.
4. Anshul Kothari
Anshul Kothari is one of the most accomplished Indian swimmers. He represented the country in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. Kothari holds many honours as first of its kind.
He is the first Swimmer from the state of Gujarat, who represented India in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. Representing his state, he competed in 29 National Championship tournaments.
During the Commonwealth Games held at New Delhi, he competed in events, 50m & 100m freestyle and 4 X 100m freestyle relay. He created history by becoming a qualifying candidate when he swam the third leg of 4 X 100m event.
He competed in the 4 X 100 freestyle relay events and 50m butterfly, at Asian Games, Guangzhou, China.
He was the part of the medal-winning team in 4 X 100 m freestyle relay event, at 2011 and 2015 Asian Age Group Championships, respectively.
During his initial stages of the career, he participated in open water competitions. He is the most consistent swimmer in the swimming fraternity. His wins made Gujarat reach the 9th rank in the overall number of medals.
Awards, Rewards and Honors
- He was the only Swimmer from Gujarat who won medals in the National Games held at Ranchi, 2011.
- Won 3 medals in the National Games, Trivandrum Kerala.
- He was the part of the medal-winning team in 4 X 100 m freestyle relay event, at 2011 and 2015 Asian Age Group Championships, respectively.
- Set a national record in the Mixed Medley Relay event, and won the gold medal, by clocking at 1:53.42
- Won many gold medals, silver medals, and bronze medals in butterfly and freestyle relay events.
- The government of Gujarat awarded him Sardar Patel Award in the year 2006 for his achievements during the year 03-04.
- The government of Gujarat honoured him with Junior Eklavya Award in the year 2014 for his excellent performance and consistent growth.