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Swimming Nationals 2023: Record-Breakers Rujuta Khade & Aryan Nehra Make Waves

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Maharashtra’s Rujuta Khade and Aryan Nehra left their mark at the 2023 Swimming Nationals, showcasing exceptional performances and rewriting national records. Rujuta’s outstanding display saw her clinch gold in the women’s 50m freestyle event with a remarkable time of 26.47s. Meanwhile, Anannya Nayak from Maharashtra secured silver with a time of 26.64s, and Nina Venkatesh from Karnataka claimed the bronze, touching the pads at 26.73s.

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In a stunning feat, Rujuta shattered the 20-year-old national record of 26.61s previously held by Shikha Tandon since 2003. Her achievement highlights her exceptional skill and dedication to the sport.

In the men’s category, Rujuta’s husband, Virdhawal Khade, a bronze medallist at the 2010 Asian Games, emerged victorious in the 50m freestyle event with a time of 22.82s. Although not his personal best, Virdhawal showcased his experience by finishing ahead of young talents Mihir Ambre (22.96s) and AS Anand (23.30s), who secured the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

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Meanwhile, Aryan Nehra continued his record-breaking spree by rewriting the national record in the men’s 1500m freestyle event. Aryan dominated the race with a remarkable time of 15:29.76, leaving national record holder Kushagra Rawat from Delhi over 15 seconds behind. Aryan’s impressive performance marks his third national record, having previously set new records in the 400m and 800m freestyle events.

Sajan Prakash, representing the All India Police Sports Control Board, also made his mark by winning the gold in the men’s 200m butterfly event with a time of 1:59.37. Karnataka’s Suvana C Bhaskar emerged victorious in the women’s 50m backstroke event, not only defeating Maana Patel but also rewriting her national record with a time of 29.63s.

The women’s 4x100m medley relay witnessed Maharashtra’s Rujuta, Palak Joshi, Apeksha Fernandes, and Anannya dominating the race, securing the gold medal ahead of teams from Karnataka and Bengal.

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