India begin campaign with a Gold in 4x100m freestyle relay…

India begin campaign with a Gold in 4x100m freestyle relay in open category for men

~ Relay team comprising Srihari Nataraj, Anand Anilkumar, Sajan Prakash and Virdhawal Khade finish ahead of Iran to win India’s first gold at the 10th Asian Age Group Championships in Bengaluru ~

~ India win total of four medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze) in the morning session of the opening day;
Hong Kong strike 3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze ~

Bengaluru, 24 September 2019: The open category men’s relay team comprising of Srihari Nataraj, Anand Anilkumar, Sajan Prakash and Virdhawal Khade registered India’s first gold in the 4X100 metres men’s freestyle relay at the 10th Asian Age Group Championships which began here at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence on Tuesday.

The Indian team clocked a time of 3:23.72 seconds, almost five seconds faster than Iran who finished second with a time of 3:28.46 seconds and Uzbekistan who finished third clocking 3:30.59 seconds. First to get off the blocks for India, Srihari ensured his team got off to a flying start as he touched the pads at 50.68 seconds while Iranian swimmer Sina Gholampour finished behind him at 51.42 seconds. Anand, swimming the second hundred of the 4x100m relay, was impressive as he kept up the lead. He swam the distance in 51.28 seconds while Sajan swimming the third hundred clocked 51.37 seconds while Virdhawal Khade’s powerful 50.39 seconds on the clock guaranteed India’s place on top of the podium.

“It was important that the team got off to a good start and I was entrusted by the team and the coaches with that responsibility. Being the second fastest in the team, I couldn’t let my team down. It was a great effort from all of us and it feels good to win India’s first gold at the Championships,” said Srihari, who is swimming 50m backstroke final in the evening session.

In the 4x100m freestyle relay for open category women, Indian team comprising Rujuta Khade (59.83), Divya Satija (1:01.61), Shivani Kataria (59.57) and Maana Patel (59.75) won silver medal with a total time of 4:00.76 seconds while Thailand bagged gold with 3:54.29 seconds and Hong Kong finished third with a time of 4:08.64 seconds.

India’s second silver medal came in the 4x100m freestyle relay for group II boys. The team featuring Vedaant Madhavan (55.27), Utkarsh Patil (57.10), Sahil Laskar (54.83) and Shoan Ganguly (54.29) clocked a total time of 3:41.49 seconds. They finished behind Japan who won the gold with a time of 3:34.60 seconds which was a New Meet Record (NMR). The previous record of 3:39.03 seconds was also held by Japan. Bronze medal was won by Chinese Taipei who clocked 3:42.29 seconds.

In the group I boys 4x100m freestyle relay, India won bronze with a time of 3:33.52 seconds. The team comprising Vikkas P (54.31), CJ Sanjay (53.92), Adhithya D (52.70), Tanish George Mathew (52.59) finished third behind Hong Kong who finished first with a time of 3:28.32 while Japan was close second with a time of 3:28.34 seconds.

More medals in the fray:

For the finals to be held this evening, 20 Indian swimmers have made it to the final in their respective events.

In the open category for men, Khushagra Rawat and Anand Anilkumar will swim the 200m freestyle final while Sajan Prakash is also swimming the final of 200m individual medley. Rawat will also swim the 800m freestyle while Srihari Nataraj is standing first in the 50m backstroke final for open category men. Likith Selvaraj too will take part in the 100m breast stroke.

In the open category for women, Shivani Kataria is a medal hope in 200m and 800m freestyle final while Jyotsna Pansare and Maana Patel have made the final of 50m backstroke. Chahat Arora will swim the 100m breast stroke final, Soubrity Mondal will swim 200m individual medley in the open category for women.

Swadesh Mondal will represent India in 200m individual medley and 100m breast stroke for group I boys. Shoan Ganguly will take part in the 200m individual medley and 200m freestyle for group II boys. Vedaant will also be seen in action in the same event. Suvana Bhaskar will swim the 50m backstroke in group I girls while Khushi Dinesh has made the final of 400m freestyle event in group I girls.

Nina Venkatesh and Riddhima Kumar of India have qualified for the final in 50m backstroke event for group II girls. Apeksha Fernandes has been selected for the final of 200m individual medley and 100m breast stroke in group II girls.

Vidith Sankar will swim 100m breast stroke final for group II boys. Bhavya Sachdeva has been selected for the final of 200m freestyle for group II girls.

Day 1: Morning session (final results)

4x100m Freestyle (Open Category Women)
1. Thailand (3:54:29)
2. India(4:00:76)
3. Hong Kong (4:08:64)
4x100m Freestyle (Open Category Men)
1. India(3:23:72)
2. Iran(3:28:46)
3. Uzbekistan(3:30:59)
4x100m Mixed Medley(Group I)
1. Japan(3:58:62)
2. Hong Kong (4:04:69)
3. Chinese Taipei(4:06:06)
4x100m Freestyle (Group II Boys)
1. Japan(3:34:60)
2. India(3:41:49)
3. Chinese Taipei (3:42:29)

Day 1: Morning session (final results)

4x100m Freestyle (Group I Boys)
1. Hong Kong(3:28:32)
2. Japan(3:28:34)
3. India(3:33:52)
4x100m Freestyle (Group I Girls)
1. Hong Kong(3:53:78)
2. Japan(3:54:32)
3. Thailand(3:59:87)
4x100m Freestyle (Group II Girls)
1. Hong Kong(3:55:42)
2. Japan(3:57:69)
3. Thailand(3:58:04)