Indians Virdhawal Khade and Sandeep Sejwal won gold medals at the 7th Singapore Open Swimming Championships, a qualifying event for the 2012 London Games, but failed to book Olympic berths. According to information received here, Khade won two gold and three bronze medals while Sejwal brought home two gold and a silver from the tournament that took place last week.
Khade won the gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle. He won bronze in the 200m freestyle (1:52.54), 100m butterfly (55.37) and in the 400m freestyle relay.
Sejwal was impressive as he made podium finishes in all the events in which he took part. The 22-year-old from Delhi won the gold in his pet event, 50m breaststroke, with a timing of 29.10 seconds, and in the 100m breaststroke where he clocked 1:03.72.
The two swimmers still have a chance of making it to London as more qualifying rounds are scheduled this year.
Santhosh, Jasveer assured of medals
New Delhi: Indian boxers continued to pack a punch at the 21st President's Cup with Asian Games gold-medallist V Santhosh Kumar (64kg) and Jasveer Ahlawat (81kg) advancing to the semifinals in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday.
Jasveer, a former national champion beat Iran's Olympian boxer Mohammad Shourain 20-12, while Santhosh got the better of Japan's Katsuaki Susa 15-7. With this, the total number of medals assured for India has gone up to three after Gaurav Bidhuri entered the semifinals of light flyweight 49kg division.