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Star swimmer from city, Mihir Ambre, all set for big league

In the ongoing 44th Glenmark National Junior Aquatic Championship, Mihir clinched gold in the final with a timing of 25.88s

pune Updated: Jul 08, 2017 16:25 IST
Ashish Phadnis
Ashish Phadnis
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Mihir Ambre(HT PHOTO)

City swimmer Mihir Ambre is a well-known name in the national swimming circuit. His domination in the butterfly events has earned him several medals. He won gold in the 100m butterfly event during the South Asian Championship in Sri Lanka in 2016 with a timing of 56.22s and was a silver medallist in the International School Federation’s World Swimming Championship held in Hungary. His timing was 55.73s in the 100m butterfly event.

In the ongoing 44th Glenmark National Junior Aquatic Championship at Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex in Balewadi, he started his campaign with a gold in the 50m butterfly event. After clocking 26.36s in the heats, Mihir outperformed in the final and clinched gold with a timing of 25.88s. He was closely followed by Maharashtra swimmer Neel Roy who won the silver medal with 26.27s, while Tamil Nadu’s Adhitya D won bronze clocking 26.28s.

This was his third gold in the national tournament so far, however, he was nowhere near Maharashtra swimmer Virdhawal Khade’s record of 24.78s, which was set in 2008.

When asked about how challenging it is to break Virdhawal’s record, since it has remained unbeaten for almost nine years, Mihir said, “It’s a matter of time. Sooner or later someone will break it. Today, I couldn’t give my personal best. I recently broke his record in 100m butterfly, so there won’t be much difficulty in breaking this one too.”Mihir broke Virdhwal’s record of 55.95s in 100m butterfly in Hungary in March clocking 53.30s.

Mihir who trains with Vinay Marathe at the champion aquatic club in Pune, is hopeful of getting selected for the Asian Age group tournament. “Then, I am planning to qualify for the Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in Bahamas this year. After this, my focus will be on the Youth Olympics to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018,” he said.

“In US or European countries, the swimmers get very scientific and technical training which our swimmers lack. If I manage to get a medal in the US, I might plan to go there and train but it’s a long way from here.Right now my coach is doing a wonderful job. He has gone to the US and is well versed with advanced techniques. We worked on my start, and I have improved considerably,” he said.

Mihir spends two hours training in the off season, and increases it to four hours before any big tournament. It includes endurance training, strength training and technical aspects. Along with this, he spends a good amount of time on his physique.His coach Vinay Marathe is all praise for him. “He is training with me since 2014 and has improved a lot. He is a hard worker and enjoys strength training. Earlier, he was a long distance swimmer but now has shifted to 100m and 50m events. We will give a try to the Youth Olympics as it has a qualification mark of 55.58s in 100m butterfly and he has already given 55.33s this year in Singapore. So, he have good chances to qualify for it,” he said.

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 23:51 IST