Khade sets new national mark at World Youth swimming

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Monterrey, Mexico, Jul 10 (UNI) Young swimming sensation Virdhawal Khade made a splash on the first two days of the 2nd FINA World Youth Championships here, creating new National records in the 100m and 200m Freestyle events.

On day one, the 17-year-old from Kolhapur clocked a time of 50.64sec while swimming the first leg of the 4x100m Freestyle relay.

The earlier National Record of 50.66sec, which was also held by Virdhawal, was set at the Malaysia Open in May.

The relay team consisting of Virdhawal Khade, Sandeep Nagaranthal, Ashwin Menon and Aaron D'souza eventually finished at the 17th spot.

On the second day, Khade went on to become the first-ever Indian swimmer to reach the finals of the World Youth Swimming Championships.

Khade, clad in a Speedo FS Pro Hi Neck Bodyskin, finished sixth with a time of 1:50.35sec.

His time was faster than the previous World Youth record time of 1:51.97sec.

He shaved 1.3sec off his previous National Record time of 1:51.65sec which was also set at the Malaysia Open.

The race was extremely close - the difference between Khade and the silver medal winner was less than a second. Three of the five swimmers that swam faster than him were a year older than him.

His effort earned him 12 points which saw India get on the score board for the first time.

The Maharashtra lad, who has qualified for the Beijing Olympics, will now participate in the 50m and 100m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly events.

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