Indian swimmer Virdhawal Khade, who had become youngest swimmer from our nation to qualify for Olympics in 2008 at the age of 16, has already won a bronze medal at 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. However, his dream is to also see the Indian flag flying high swimming event of 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The young Indian swimmer is gung-ho for the Gold Coast Games
Young Indian swimmer Virdhawal Khade, who is gearing up for Commonwealth Games 2018, says the Gold Coast event will give him a sense of his preparations for the challenging Asian Games ahead.
“I will be participating in the Commonwealth Games in 50m freestyle and butterfly. Training has been going very well since the past few months and I am keeping an eye on medal at the Asian Games 2018. I am sure the XXI Commonwealth Games will give me a good platform to test myself and prepare for the Asian Games,” Khade told PTI.
Virdhawal Khade, who hails from Kolhapur in Maharashtra, added that he is very positive for a podium finish at the 2018 Asian Games.
“I am very positive about winning a medal in Jakarta. Training has been going well and it’s a matter of only a few microseconds which I am positive of shaving off in the coming months to get into the medal bracket,” said the 26-year-old.
According to Khade, improving by less than half a second in both his pet events will fetch him a second medal at the Continental games.
Khade, a government officer, had taken a break from his training due to his posting in coastal Konkan region of the state and admits that it becomes difficult to cover the lost ground.
Asked how he was able to cope up after the break, he said, “Taking a big break from a sport is definitely not ideal. It has been difficult to cover up lost ground and then improve from there. But in the past few weeks things have been very positive for me. Training has been going well and I feel I will be at my best ever at the Asian Games.”
Indian Swimmer Khade wins Gold – Preparation on track for 2018 CWG
The lad from Kolhapur continued his winning streak as he managed to win the Gold medal at the ongoing 49th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships in the 50 metres freestyle event. Khade faced a host of international swimmers in the finals but managed to emerge as the victor.
“This was a good place to start. It always feels great winning for the country. Honestly, I expected a faster time, but I’ll take this. There was a lot to learn from all the races in Singapore, and I know I can improve so much more in the coming months,” Khade told said to PTI.
The Indian swimmer followed up that win, with a Silver medal in the 50 metres freestyle in the same category to end the outing on a positive note. He has now set his sights on the upcoming 2018 CWG in Gold Coast where he will be part of the Indian swimming team.
“I have been training in Bangalore for five months now. Things have been on track and I have been swimming competitions to prepare myself for the Games,”
“My timings have been good and improving consistently, and at this point I feel it is all about staying injury-free and doing what I have been doing in the past months, as it seems to be helping me get better,” Khade added.
It has been learnt that the Swimming Federation of India has also selected Shrihari Nartaj and Sajan Prakash apart from Virdhawal Khade to represent India at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.