Double win for Khade, Indians clinch four Golds
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Last Updated: Saturday, February 06, 2010, 21:37
Dhaka: Veerdhawal Khade bettered two meet records as Indians ruled the roost by clinching four gold and five silver medals on the second day of aquatics events at 11th South Asian Games here today.

At the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur competitions were held in five events, in which Indian swimmers swelled their overall tally to eight gold, five silver and one bronze medals in the aquatics.

Youngest Indian swimmer to represent India in the Beijing Olympics, Khade rewrote two meet records -- in 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle categories -- en route to his back-to-back golds.

In 50m butterfly, the Kolhapur swimmer clocked 25.54 to better his own record of 25.97, created in Colombo SAG four years ago.

Arjun Muralidharan earned India the silver with a timing of 26.15s, while local lad Mohammad Anik Islam settled for the bronze with a timing of 26.61.

In the 50m freestyle, a timing of 23.73 by Khade bettered the previous record -- held by Sebastian Xavier (23.89) -- en route to his second gold on the trot.

Aaron D'Souza finished second (24.42) for the silver, while Mohammad Mahfizur Rahman of Bangladesh with a timing of 24.53 clinched the bronze. Khade's personal coach Nihar Ameen told.

"The performance has been on the expected lines. It helped him (Khade) have a feel of the competition since he is taking part in championship after few months."

Khade won six golds in 2006 Colombo Games.

Meanwhile, Richa Mishra (1:05.74) claimed India the fourth gold in women's 100m butterfly, while Vandita Dhariyal (1:08.40) ensured that all the five silver medals remain with India.

Sri Lankan Miniruwani Shashiprabha Samarakoon (1:10.38s) settled for the bronze.

In the 400m freestyle, GVA Puttaveerswami clocked an impressive 4:04.85s for the third record, bettering Rehan Poncha's previous best of 4:05.94s created in Colombo Games.

Mandar Divase (4:07.41) bagged the silver, while Ishrar Husain of Pakistan took the bronze with a timing of 4:24.85s.

Balkrishnan Badrinath (59.08) missed the gold by a fraction of seconds as India had to settle for silver in the 100m backstroke, while Sri Lanka's Heshan Bandara Unamboowe set a new record with a timing of 58.98 and bettered compatriot Andrew Abeysinghe's timing of 1:00.01 en route to a gold.

Mohammad Rubel Rana of Bangladesh took away the bronze with a timing of 1:02.65s.


First Published: Saturday, February 06, 2010, 21:37

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