Pune swimmers bag silver in senior national swimming C’ship
City’s Yuga Birnale and Trisha Karkhanis, along with their teammates Sharon Shaju and Sadhvi Dhuri, won silver medal in the women’s 4x100m relay in the Glenmark Senior National Swimming Championship at Bhopal on Monday.pune Updated: Oct 10, 2017 00:03 IST
PUNE City’s Yuga Birnale and Trisha Karkhanis, along with their teammates Sharon Shaju and Sadhvi Dhuri, won silver medal in the women’s 4x100m relay in the Glenmark Senior National Swimming Championship at Bhopal on Monday.
Karnataka swimmers grabbed the gold medal with a new meet record with a timing of 4.31.70s. They broke Maharashtra’s record of 4.34.50s, set in 2013 in Kerala. This time Maharashtra clocked 4.35.15s and were followed by Tamil Nadu who finished in 4.41.73s.
In the men’s segment, Maharashtra failed to get a podium finish. Pune swimmers Shwejal Mankar and Mihir Ambre along with Harshwardhan Naik and Neel Roy were placed 4th with 4.01.68.
However, Maharashtra’s Veerdhawal Khade and Jyoti Patil saved the day for the state by winning a gold medal each, while Jyotsna Pansare bagged a bronze.
Khade dominated his pet event, 50m freestyle, with a timing of 23.18s, but he failed to get close to his national meet record of 22.71s set in 2009 in Kerala. Gujarat’s Anshul Kothari and RSPB’s Aaron D’souza were placed second and third respectively.
In the women’s segment, Saloni Dalal of Karnataka was considered as favourite. With her unbroken national record of 2.44.37s in 200m breaststroke, she started confidently and was leading after the first lap. However, Jyoti soon picked up the speed and finished the distance in 2.44.76s while Saloni came home in 2:45.16s.
In the 50m backstroke event, Jyotsna finished in 31.91s, after Nivya Raja (Tamil Nadu) and Suvana C Baskar of Karnataka.