Glenmark Aquatic Foundation Swimmers win 15 medals at the Speedo Thailand Age Group Swimming Championships

Veer Khatkar, Bikram Changmai Aryan Vernekar and Swadesh Mondal clock timings better than National record.

18 swimmers from Glenmark Aquatic Foundation Mumbai  and SAI Glenmark TIDM programme Delhi won a total of 15 medals at the Speedo Thailand Age Group swimming Championships held in Bangkok between 7th-11th April 2018. The Swimmers won  a total of 5 Golds 5 Silvers and 5 Bronzes. It was a fantastic outing as more than 80% of the events saw swimmers  record their personal bests.

Swadesh Mondal lived up to his reputation of being the brightest prospect among swimmers in the Under 14 category by swimming a better time than the current National record. Swadesh who won the best overall swimmer in Group II at the Glenmark Junior National Aquatic Championships clocked 02:26.40 to win gold which beats  the  National record for the same category also held by Swadesh with a time of  02:28.87. Swadesh again bettered his National record in 400 Individual Medley  winning gold with a time of 04:43.07 bettering the National record which is at 04:49.33. The last day Swadesh clocking a time of 02:13.50 bettering his own National record which stands at 02:15.28 in the 200 IM winning gold in the process . He won a total of 5 medals including 3 golds one silver and one bronze..

Veer Khatkar, the upcoming swimming talent from Haryana won Gold in the 100 m Freestyle event in the 14-15 boys age group with a time of 00:54.55 which is better than the current national record in the Group II category which stands at 00:55.38. Veer also won bronze in the 50 m FS.

Young guns Aryan Vernekar and Bikram Changmai clocked 00:26.21 and 00:26.50 to win Silver and bronze in the 50m Butterfly. This betters the current National record which is at 00:26.68.  Bikram also won a silver in the 100m Butterfly

Two young backstrokers Vedant Bapna and Aaryan Bhosale fought in all the 3backstroke races. Aaryan pipped Vedant to win gold in the 200 m Backstroke while Vedant pipped Aaryan to win bronze in the 100 m backstroke in addition to the silver in the 200 m backstroke. Aaryan finished third in 400 IM and 400FS but these did not count as medals as only 2 foreigners are allowed medals as per the rules of the event.

Vedaant Madhavan won a bronze in the grueling 1500m Freestyle in his first attempt at this race at an International meet.

Astha Chaudhary the upcoming swimmer for Assam won a silver in 100Fly.

Name Event Timing Group Medal
Swadesh Mondal 400m Individual Medley 04:43.1 Boys 14-15 Gold
Veer Khatkar 50 m Freestyle 00:25.1 Boys 14-15 Bronze
Bikram Changmai 100 m Butterfly 00:58.7 Boys 13-14 Silver
Aastha Chaudhary 100 m Butterfly 01:06.9 Girls 14-15 Silver
Vedaant Madhavan 1500 m Freestyle 18:31.1 Boys 13-14 Bronze
Swadesh Mondal 100 m Breaststroke 01:08.6 Boys 14-15 Silver
Vedant Bapna 100 m backstroke 01:00.9 Boys 14-15 Bronze
Swadesh Mondal 200 m breaststroke 02:26.4 Boys 14-15 Gold
Aryan Varnekar 50 m Butterfly 00:26.2 Boys 13-14 Silver
Bikram Changmai 50 m Butterfly 00:26.5 Boys 13-14 Bronze
Vedant Bapna 200 m backstroke 02:10.0 Boys 14-15 Silver
Veer Khatkar 100 m Freestyle 00:54.5 Boys 14-15 Gold
Aaryan Bhosale 200 m backstroke 02:10.0 Boys 14-15 Silver
Swadesh Mondal 50 m Breaststroke 00:31.8 Boys 14-15 Bronze
Swadesh Mondal 200 m Individual Medley 02:26.4 Boys 14-15 Gold

Glenmark Aquatic Foundation is a not for profit CSR initiative of Glenmark Aquatic Foundation dedicated to the cause of competitive swimming. GAF runs a Hi performance Centre in Mumbai and has tied up with the Sports Authority of India to run the SAI Glenmark TIDM programme at the SAI National Swimming Academy at Delhi.  GAF has a vision to enable Indian swimmers achieve podium finishes at major global swimming meets.

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