Virdhawal Khade, who shattered his own long-standing national record today, will be extremely disappointed after missing out of a bronze medal by 0.01 second in Asian Games 2018.
Indian swimmer, Khade, who won a bronze at the Guangzhou Games in 2010, faced stiff competition from Japan’s Shunichi Nakao for the 3rd place and eventually lost out the bronze medal with the timing of 22.47 seconds, 100th of a second less that the Japanese swimmer.
Yu Hexin of China took the Gold medal with an impressive timings of 22.11 seconds, followed by Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura and Shunichi Nakao, who won the Silver and Bronze with the timing of 22.20 and 22.46 seconds respectively.
Earlier, he qualified for the men’s 50m freestyle final by clocking 22.43s which was third fastest time in the heats. It was new national record in 50m freestyle as he bettered his own mark of 22.52, set in August 2009 at Asian Age group swimming championships in Japan.
Even if he would have repeated the Heats performance, he would have won India’s fourth bronze of the Asian Games 2018.
Another Indian, Anshul Kothari could not qualify for the final as he finished 28th with a timing of 23.83. He was fastest in heat 1.
On bettering his own national mark and improving upon his timing from CWG, the 26-year-old, khade said, “I have worked on strength and fitness since January with my coach in Bengaluru. I have improved since January in every competition. Regular competition has helped me.”
Khade had taken a break from swimming for four years due to job commitment. He works as a Tehsildar for the Mahatrashtra Government.