GAF Swimmers shine in the Khelo India Youth Games, Pune

Kushagra Rawat of Delhi clocked 08.14.21 and bagged a Gold medal in 800 Freestyle. He is just 4 seconds away from B Cut World Championships qualifying time of 08:10.91.This augurs very well for both Kushagra and India as the World Championships are a mere 6 months ahead.

Veer Khatkar and Swadesh Mondal’s stars are favoring them making these young lads renowned swimmers across the country. Veer won 2 Gold in the Boys under-17 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle and Swadesh also brilliantly performed and fetched 3 Golds in 100 Breaststroke, 200 IM and 400 IM. In Girls U-17 Prachi outdone distance swimmers and wins three Golds in 400, 800 and 1500 Freestyle.

The swimmers from Delhi ensured that Delhi won the U-17 overall Championships with 242 points. Karnataka were the first runners up with 201 points while the hosts bagged the second runner up position with 145 points

The U-21 championships saw the hosts reigning supreme with a tally of 192 points followed by Karnataka with 187 points and Delhi with 108 points.

SGTIDM Swimmers, Kushagra Rawat, Vishal Grewal, Prachi Tokas, Swadesh Mondal, Veer Khatkar, Firdoush Kayamkhani, Aryan Vijay Varnekar, Tanmay Das and Bikram Changmai among others are the top medal fetchers for Delhi.

Ace  Backstrokers and GAF Mumbai swimmers, Maana Patel and Vedant Bapna lived up to their class by winning 2 gold medals each. Maana is making strides to succeed at the Global level and Vedant has performed admirably by clinching gold in under -17 Boys 200 backstroke and 100 m backstroke.

Swimmers from all the three centres of Glenmark Aquatic Foundation namely GAF Mumbai, SAI Glenmark TIDM (SGTIDM) Delhi and the GAF RAY Centre in Bangalore performed extremely well to win a total of 60 individual medals comprising of 25 Golds, 21 Silver and 14 Bronze medals.

SGTIDM swimmers continued their fabulous performance from the National School Games that Karnataka had a run for their money by finishing a close second with 48 medals including 19 Gold, 13 Silver and 16 Bronze medals.

State Gold Silver Bronze Total
Karnataka 21 17 13 51
Delhi 19 13 16 48
Maharashtra 18 14 10 42

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