Virdhawal Khade outdid himself in the 50m freestyle event on the last day of the sixth Asian Age Group Swimming Championships in Tokyo to script a new meet and national record.
Competing in the first event of the day, Khade clocked 22.55 seconds to demolish his own national record of 22.68 set at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune last year. He also sunk the meet record of 23.02 seconds.
His superb performance should be enough to push him into the international swimming federation, FINA's, top-100 world rankings list, where he would be the second youngest swimmer in this event and also the second fastest swimmer in the world in his age group.
Khade had a tremendous showing in Tokyo, destroying a meet record with each of his four gold medals, bagging one silver and re-writing three national records. He became the most successful swimmer among the Indians, and is possibly the most successful swimmer at these championships.