Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Breaking News: Indian Swimmer Saurabh Sangvekar makes Olympics cut


In a sensational swim, long distance swimmer Saurabh Sangvekar clocked the qualifying mark for London Olympics in the 1500m freestyle event. In the Olympic qualifying event being held in Singapore, Sangvekar clocked 15 minutes 34.67 seconds to make the cut in the event held on Tuesday. The qualifying time for this event is 15 minutes 43.74 seconds.
This is the first time an Indian swimmer has qualified in a long distance event. So far, only Sandeep Sejwal and Virdhawal Khade had made the Olympic qualification mark clocked during the FINA World Swimming Championship in China last year. Sejwal has qualified in 100 and 200m breast stroke while Khade has qualified in 50 and 100m freestyle.
Sangvekar is only the third Indian swimmer to qualify and his performance all of this year has been stunning. He stole the show during the 65th Senior Nationals this year creating best Indian performances in almost all the long distance events.
At 17, Sangvekar will be the youngest Indian swimmer in the contingent for London Olympics. The Thane-born swimmer who trains in Basavangudi Aquatic Centre (BAC) in Bangalore is under the watchful eyes of national coach Pradeep S Kumar.
His qualification must come as a great success for Kumar who has been responsible for Sangvekar’s incredible performance in the past year. Kumar had predicted a few months ago that the youngster’s qualification is a realistic goal. Pradeep Kumar was also solely responsible for the qualification of REhan Poncha during the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Not many swimming critics believed that Indian system had it in them to produce a good long distance swimmer who had the potential to make it to the Olympics. With Sangvekar’s qualification, this concern can certainly be put to rest at least for now.

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