Virdhawal confident of getting atleast five medals

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Pune, Oct 14 (UNI) India's ace swimmer Virdhawal Khade today said he was confident of getting atleast five gold medals for the country in the ongoing Commonwealth Youth Games here.

The lad from Kolhapur, who would be swimming five races in a day, said it would be difficult, but he was confident of making the country proud with atleast five medals.

Speaking about the added pressure now that he had qualified for the Olympics and the Youth Games are on in India, Virdhawal said, ''there is always pressure, but with these games in your own country there is added pressure. However, I am confident about my form and fitness and the pressure would only help me to perform better.'' Speaking about swimming in the country, Virdhawal said, ''swimming has come a long way in India and if we can train and compete with the Australians and Americans on a regular basis then I do not see anything that can stop us from becoming atleast as good as them if not better.'' He admitted that there was still a long way to go and he needed to improve on his strength and fitness to compete with the best in the business.


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