Sandeep Sejwal qualifies for 2012 London Olympics

New Delhi: Indian swimmer Sandeep Sejwal has qualified for the 2012 London Olympics after clocking 1:02.62sec in the 100m Breaststroke event at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai on Sunday.

The 2008 Beijing Olympian became the first Indian to qualify in the swimming events for the London Olympics after he bettered Olympic Invitation cut in the 100m Breaststroke event which was set at 1:02.92sec.

Sejwal had contested in the men`s 100m and 200m breaststroke events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but failed to reach the finals in both events.

Compatriot Virdhawal Khade clocked a respectable time of 24.65sec to finish second among the Asian swimmers in the 50m butterfly. However, he missed the semifinals by 0.69sec.

The focus of this meet for the 20-year-old Khade is the 50m and 100m freestyle where he will be gunning to make the Olympic Invitation cuts.


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