Virdhawal, Ankur sink without trace

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Beijing, Aug 14 (UNI) Virdhawal Khade and Ankur Poseeria failed to create even minor ripples in the pool and sank without a trace and with that the Indian challenge came to an unceremonious end in the Olympic competition here today.

The 17-year old Khade, who had earlier taken part in the 100m and 200m free style, this evening took part in his third and last event - 50m free style, and clocked a poor 22.73 to end up seventh in the field of eight in Heat 9.

Khade failed to equal or improve upon his personal best of 22.69 and was placed overall 40th among 97 participating swimmers.

The difference between Khade and the top qualifier Amaury Leveaux (France) was a staggering 1.27sec.

''Though Khade could not improve upon his personal best timing, his showing was good and augers well for the future,'' said coach Nihar Amin.

''Though Khade missed to equal his personal best by a whisker but he gained a valuable exposure here,'' Amin said.

In 100m butterfly, 21-year old USA based Ankur Poseria timed 54.74 and ended last in Heat 4 in which seven swimmers taking part.

Ankur also failed to improve upon his personal best of 53.68.

He clocked 25.09 to cover the 50 secs and then took 29.65 s to cross the next 50 and was placed over all 57 in the field of 65 swimmers.

On August 12, Virdhawal Khade, and Sandeep Sejwal had set up new national records in the 100m Freestyle, and 200m Breaststroke, respectively here.


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