A Swimming Medal
The Indian swimming contingent had finally something to smile about as Sandeep Sejwal brought home India’s first medal from the pool at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon. Sejwal clocked 28.26 seconds to take the bronze in 50m breaststroke at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center.
The gold was clinched by Kazakh swimmer Dmitriy Balandin in 27.78 secs thus eclipsing the previous Games record of 27.80secs set by Xie Zhi of China at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. The silver went to Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki who finished in 27.89 secs.
Earlier, the 25-year-old Sejwal had topped his heats by clocking 28.25s and was the second-fastest qualifier overall.
This is India’s second consecutive swimming medal at the Asian Games. At the Guangzhou Asian Games, Virdhawal Khade had clinched the bronze in 50m butterfly after a 24-year medal drought in swimming.
This medal is of great significance as it speaks volumes of India’s progress in a sport which has not seen much success at multisporting events. Hoping the medal inspires youngsters to take up the sport more seriously and to bring more laurels for the country.