According to science, water is necessary for survival but some people dedicate their entire life to water. Those people are swimmers who just not use water as a need but make water their career.
Virdhawal Khade is an Indian swimmer and is probably the fastest swimmer in Asia.
Born on 29 August 1991 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India, he was determined to take up swimming from childhood itself.
For almost 8 years he had to stay away from his family for his training and he says that these sacrifices and efforts make him a successful swimmer he is today.
Talent along with hard work made a perfect combination for Khade as he went on to create a number of records at the national level.
- Virdhawal hold the national record of 50m and 100m freestyle in Men’s senior category and also in 50m butterfly category.
- The 50m, 100m, 200m freestyle records are also to his name in junior’s category.
- After almost 68 years Virdhawal Khade won a medal at the Asian Games when he went on to capture the Bronze in the 50m Butterfly event at the 16th Asian Games. Sachin Nag was the one who had won Gold Medal in 1951.
- He is the First Indian swimmer to break into the top 100 in the 2008 FINA World rankings. Best world rank of 57 in the 50m Butterfly.
- He has won 4 gold and 1 silver medal at the Asian Age Groups Swimming Championships, creating 4 Meet Records and three National records.
- Virdhawal swam in the 50, 100 and 200m Freestyle at the Beijing Olympic Games becoming the first Indian to compete in 3 events at Olympic Games.
- Commonwealth youth games is where he came into limelight after winning 3 gold and 3 silver medals creating four new National records and three Commonwealth Games records.
- Virdhawal has been exceptional throughout his career. He also defeated 2016 Olympic Gold medalist Joseph Schooling in Singapore National Championships in 2018.
- He had qualified for 2012 London Olympics but had to cancel at the last moment due to some reason.
Khade was born in Kolhapur but had to stay in Bengaluru for swimming practice.
Views, Choices, Life
He often expresses his sorrow for the unavailability of world class facilities for swimmers in town or some cities.
He prefers Nike over anything. He is a supporter of Pratham Books and an active participant in their work on popularizing reading among young Indians.
Virdhawal is coached by Nihar Ameen.
He is supported by GoSports Foundation.
The Government of India has awarded him with the prestigious Arjuna Award for his success in swimming.