Swimming continues to be a participation event for India at the Commonwealth Games

March 16, 2018


Swimming is renowned to be a multiple medal bagger at international events. Being a core sport, Swimming is included in all Commonwealth Games editions. Australia has dominated the sport since its beginning, winning over 600 medals including 277 golds at the event. This time around, 60 gold medals will be up for grabs in aquatics at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. India has always lagged behind in this event, with 1-2 athletes qualifying to represent the country at the Games. This time around, the contingent contains 3 athletes who will bear the nation’s flag. Prasanta Karmakar is the only Indian to have won a medal in swimming. He won a bronze in the S9 50m freestyle category at the 2010 CWG in Delhi.

Virdhawal Khade will lead India’s charge at the meet. Khade has the record of being the only Indian to bag a medal at an International event when he won the bronze in the men’s 50m Butterfly event at the 16th Asian Games in 2010. Along with him, Sajan Prakash, the best athlete at the Indian National Games, will be representing India at the 200 Meter butterfly. The country would be hoping for an exciting performance from them. A miracle would only change the face of swimming in India.

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