Virdhawal, Gagan clinch gold medals

Virdhawal, Gagan clinch gold medals

Khade blazed to the 100 freestyle gold in a new meet record time of 49.66 seconds in the boys’ Group A category.

The Olympic swimmer erased the old mark of 50.31 stood in the name of Alaxander Skylar of Kazakhstan.

The 18-year-old Khade had won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly with championship records on the first two days of the meet.

Gagan, who took the 800 freestyle on Monday in record time, stopped the clock in 16 minutes 10.90 seconds to pocket the Group B boys’ 1500 freestyle gold.

In that process, Gagan erased the national record time of 16:12.28 set by Mandar Divase in the recent Rome World championship.

The Indian 400M medley relay quartet of Rehan Poncha, Sandeep Sejwal, Khade and J Agnishwar clocked 3:50.05 to claim silver in the Group A boys’ category, behind Kazakhstan.

Sandeep also claimed a bronze in the 200 breaststroke (Group A boys) in a time of 2:12.02, as did Fariha Zaman in the 50 backstroke (Group A girls) in 31.33 and Richa Mishra in the 400 individual medley (Group A girls) timing 5:05.72.

Poncha was again off colour on Wednesday in the 400 IM, finishing fourth (4:29.89). While Aaron D’Souza ended fourth in 100 fly (Group B, 56.36), Madhavi Giri finished eighth in the corresponding girls’ event (1:08.17).