Utkarsh Gor bags 2 golds at national-level swimming championship despite wrist injury
Utkarsh Gor, who won two gold medals with two national records on the first day of the tournament, took his tally to four, with still two more events to goUpdated: Jul 08, 2017 16:25 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
With a wrist injury still in the recovery stage, 10-year-old city boy Utkarsh Gor continued his medal hunt on the second day of the 34th Glenmark sub junior national aquatic championship by winning two more gold medals on Thursday.
Three weeks ago, Utkarsh fell down while playing in the school. Initially he ignored it but later it turned out to be a major injury. “We went into panic mode as this injury would have spoiled his golden opportunity to win medals at the national level,” Ajay, his father said.
Utkarsh, who had won two gold medals with two national records on the first day of the tournament, took his tally to four, with still two more events to go. In the 100m freestyle event, he won gold with a timing of 1:07.14s and later clocked 32.19s to win another gold in the 50m butterfly event. Utkarsh is a Class 5 student of the Delhi Public School in Dubai and trains with Bhupendra Acharekar of Harmony club during vacations. Within two years of training, he has achieved this feat.
“Last year, he had participated in the relay event, but this time he was participating in the individual events for the first time,” said Ajay
Fortunately, his coach Bhupendra and Dubai coach Francis coordinated with each other and put Utkarsh on a light training schedule.
“We didn’t want to take the risks and so we told him to concentrate on leg exercise and lower body strength training. We took out his plaster just a day before the tournament. During practice, he complained that he is suffering from slight pain in his wrist, so we stopped. So technically when he jumped into the pool, he wasn’t fully fit. Yet he returned with flying colours and if he wouldn’t have an injured wrist, he surely would have broke all the records,” said his coach Bhupendra. For precaution, Utkarsh immediately puts his wrist into bandage after his event and removes it before the next one.
“I was confident that I would win several gold medals. My performance throughout the year was good,” said Utkarsh, who also excels in academics. Utkarsh started swimming at an early age, after watching his elder brother and his father.
First Published: Jun 29, 2017 23:11 IST