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Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 11:41 am
by Sandeep
Rehan Poncha won two medals at the Singapore open swimming championships. He won the gold in 400m freestyle event clocking 4:03.69 which is a meet record (previous record was 4:04.52) and a silver in 200m individual medley race. He is the only one participating from India. Rehan is also competing in the 200m butterfly event on Sunday. Go Rehan

The competition isn't great as it is a national championship for Singapore clubs but still commendable performance from Rehan (he bettered his personal best by almost a second)

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 2:39 pm
by jayakris
Sandeep, do we have an update on Khade? What is he up to??

I happened to see that Richard Quick (Former US olympics coach, also the coach at AuburnU who we thought Khade might get some coaching from, at one time) passed away this week, by the way. RIP.

Jay

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:11 pm
by arjun2761
Somewhat slow start by Khade in the Paris open swimming which had pretty high level competition mostly from Europe. He finished 22nd in the 50 free and 14th in the 50 Fly prelims.

A little better performance by Sandip Sejwal who finished 6th on the 200 breaststroke, 7th in the 100 breaststroke and 12th in the 50 breaststroke.

Note that these are pretty amazing results compared to India's historically extremely low standards in swimming but now expectations on the new generation are signicantly higher with respect to them achieving close to world standards.

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:59 am
by jaydeep
Our 3 swimmers, Virdhawal Khade, Sandeep Sejwal and J. Agnishwar, r preparing and participating European tournaments for 13th FINA World Championships, Roma, Italy, which will be starting from 18th July 2009.

Last week they participated in German Swimming Championships at Berlin ... In that Veer and Sandeep showed they r in good touch ... Sandeep again bettered 50 mtrs breaststroke national record, which he did couple of weeks back at French Championships, 28.77 secs ... Sandeep won Silver medal with 28.65 secs.

Veer won Gold medal in 50 mtrs free-style with 22.96 secs ... After long break veer was back under 23 secs though it was slower than his 22.68 secs national record.

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:35 am
by jaydeep
Yesterday in German Swimming Championships at Berlin, Veer won silver in the 50m butterfly with 24.28 secs but missed out the gold by a onehundredth of a second ... He also narrowly missed bettering his own national record of 24.25 secs which he set at the 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games in Pune.

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:26 pm
by jaydeep
Again very impressive performance by Sandeep Sejwal, this time he bettered his own national record by almost a second, previous record was 1:02.19 ... He also missed semi-final place by only 1.15 secs in Men's 100m Breaststroke.

Vir finished on 57th position in 204 swimmers in Men's 50m Butterfly ... But his timing was 0.07 secs more than his national record.

In Men's 200m Freestyle, Vir's timing was disappointing as he was way below his own national record, 1:49.86 mins ... Here that timing can gave him top-50 finish.

Also interesting to note performance of 14 yrs old Vandita Dhariyal in Women's 100m Butterfly.

At 13th FINA World Championship, Rome, Italy

Day 1
Men's 100m Breaststroke
35 Sandeep Sejwal IND 1:01.20 mins +2.22 secs (new National record)
83 Agnishwar Jayaprakash IND 1:05.07 mins +6.09 secs

Men's 50m Butterfly
57 Virdhawal Khade IND 24.32 secs +1.42 secs
133 Arjun Jayaprakash IND 26.61 secs +3.71 secs

Women's 100m Butterfly
77 Pooja Raghava Alva IND 1:05.13 mins +8.37 secs
81 Vandita Dhariyal IND 1:05:80 mins +9:04 secs

Men's 400m Freestyle
60 Mandar Divase IND 4:06.18 mins +23.17 secs

Women's 4x 100m Freestyle
26 India 4:12.41 mins +37.67 secs
Chittaranjan Shubha 1:00.68 mins
Murugaperumal Mercy Venpa 1:06.93 mins
Pooja Raghava Alva 1:03.86 mins
Talasha Prabhu 1:00.94 mins

Men's 4x 100m Freestyle
26 India 3:35.24 mins +23.98 secs
Arjun Jayaprakash 55.25 secs
Rehan Poncha 55.71 secs
Virdhawal Khade 50.78 secs
Ashwin Menon 53.50 secs

Day 2
Men's 200m Freestyle
67 Virdhawal Khade IND 1:52.01 mins +06.71 secs
99 Ashwin Menon IND 1:58.62 mins +13.32 secs

Women's 100m Backstroke
83 Fariha Zaman IND 1:10.12 mins 11.34 secs

Women's 100m Breaststroke
82 Murugaperumal Mercy Venpa IND 1:24.85 +19.19 secs

Men's 100m Backstroke
81 Ashwin Menon IND 1:00.90 secs +07.97 secs
93 Praveen Tokas IND 1:03.74 secs +10.81 secs

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:58 pm
by jaydeep
Sandeep again bettered his own national record in 50m Breaststroke ... His timing was +0.49 sec outside qualification for semi-finals.

At 13th FINA World Championship, Rome, Italy

Day 3
Men's 50m Breaststroke
38 Sandeep Sejwal IND 27.92 secs +01.00 sec (new National record)
80 Agnishwar Jayaprakash IND 29.39 secs +02.47 sec

Men's 200m Butterfly
45 Rehan Poncha IND 2:02.27 mins +07.94 secs

Women's 200m Freestyle
70 Talasha Prabhu IND 2:12.57 16.59 secs

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:50 pm
by gbelday
Phelps finally loses at 200m freestyle. A bit shocking but these swim suits seem to really help.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/29/sports/29swim.html?hp

Anybody know what our swimmers wear? It's a bit unfair to Veer (and other Indian folks) if these suits are helping the foreign competetion shave off 2-4 seconds (in a typical 200m race)...

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:39 pm
by suresh
There is a proposal to ban these suits -- don't know how it will pan out though.

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:18 am
by prasen9
Suresh,

Do you know why they are banning these suits?

--pm

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:07 am
by jaydeep
gbelday wrote:Anybody know what our swimmers wear? It's a bit unfair to Veer (and other Indian folks) if these suits are helping the foreign competetion shave off 2-4 seconds (in a typical 200m race)...
Our players, atleast Vir and Sandeep Sejwal wear those suits.

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:22 pm
by jaydeep
Again somewhat disappointing stuff from Vir ... Today also he was well below his national record of 49.47 secs.

Rehan Poncha better his own national mark by more than 1.5 secs, old mark was 2:08.13 mins in 200m Individual Medley.

At 13th FINA World Championship, Rome, Italy

Day 4
Men's 100m Freestyle
59 Virdhawal Khade IND 50.07 secs +02.48 secs
134 Ashwin Menon IND 53.41 secs +05.82 secs

Men's 200m Individual Medley
52 Rehan Poncha IND 2:06.29 mins +09.95 secs (new National record)
62 Agnishwar Jayaprakash IND 2:09.11 mins +12.77 secs

Women's 50m Backstroke
83 Fariha Zaman IND 32.06 secs +04.41 secs

Women's 200m Butterfly
51 Vandita Dhariyal IND 2:25.07 mins +20.93 secs
52 Pooja Raghava Alva IND 2:25.08 mins +20.94 secs

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:26 pm
by suresh
prasen9 wrote:Suresh,

Do you know why they are banning these suits?

--pm
The official reason is that they want to get rid of non-textile suits. I also suspect that the real reason is that a non-American company is making these new revolutionary suits -- I wonder what would have happened if Speedo had developed these suits and Phelps was using it.

Suresh
PS: They(the swimming authorities) are yet to come up with a definition of non-textile that has to be applied in the ban!

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:55 am
by prasen9
I think the restriction that the suit has to be from hip to knee (only) for males and shoulder to knee for females (or something close to this) is a good rule. However, banning materials is non-sense and hard. I heard on NPR today that "top-100 international swimmers" have been given these suits for free. Also, there are suits and then there are suits. That is, those that were used in the Olympics are now yesterday's technology and faster ones have been deployed that shave the time further. Now, I do not know if among these fast and faster ones, which of these the Indians have, possibly not the latest. ...

Re: Indian Swimming Thread ...

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:49 pm
by jaydeep
Sandeep Sejwal is on roll at Rome, today he bettered his own another national record in 200m Breaststroke ... He bettered National record by huge margin of 2.02 secs to finished in top 35.

Rehan Poncha is also matching Sandeep, he created national record in 200m Backstroke ... He also bettered his own national record by 1.23 secs.

At 13th FINA World Championship, Rome, Italy

Day5
Men's 200m Breaststroke
32 Sandeep Sejwal IND 2:13.22 mins +04.67 secs (new National record)
59 Agnishwar Jayaprakash IND 2:24.49 mins +15.94 secs

Men's 200m Backstroke
50 Rehan Poncha IND 2:06.92 mins +11.72 secs (new National record)
71 Praveen Tokas IND 2:16.90 mins +21.70 secs

Women's 200m Breaststroke
59 Murugaperumal Mercy Venpa IND 3:00.51 mins +38.83 secs

Women's 100m Freestyle
95 Chittaranjan Shubha IND 1:00.47 mins +07.27 secs
100 Talasha Prabhu IND 1:00.73 mins +07.53 secs

Women's 4x 200m Freestyle
22 India 9:21.70 mins +1:56.56 mins
Pooja Raghava Alva 2:24.10 mins
Chittaranjan Shubha 2:18.52 mins
Vandita Dhariyal 2:19.37 mins
Talasha Prabhu 2:19.71 mins