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Khade wins 50m freestyle in record time

Last updated on: October 18, 2008 10:27 IST

Indian swimming sensation Virdhawal Khade set a new Commonwealth Youth Games record in the 50m freestyle en route to the gold on Friday.

India also earned a bronze medal, courtesy Aaron D'Souza in the 200m butterfly.

Kolhapur lad Khade sizzled in the pool and clocked 22.68s to set a new Youth Games record.

Thomas Barrett was 0.47s behind Khade and secured the silver, while Conor Leaney of Nigeria bagged the bronze with a timing of 23.47s.

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With the gold, Khade swelled his individual medal tally to three gold and two silver, apart the silver in the 4x100m freestyle event.

Meanwhile, in the 200m butterfly event, Aaron had to settle for the bronze, finishing behind Dan Vickers of England. Australia's Lachian Staples won the gold in this category with a Youth Games record of 1:58.67s.

However, other Indian swimmers' outing in the 4x100m medley turned out to be disappointing as the quartet of Khade Aaron, J Agnishwar and N A Sandeep could only secure the fifth place.

Australia took the gold in the event with a record timing of 3:45.78s, while South Africa and Scotland bagged the silver and bronze respectively.

Just like the boys, the Indian girls too were disappointing in the 4x100m medley as the quartet of Zaman Fariha, M M Venpa, Pooja Alva and Prabhu Talasha finished second last. Australia secured the gold in the girls section too, followed by Wales and England.

In the 50m girls' backstroke, Zaman finished in seventh spot, while Agnishwar (200m boys breaststroke), Sandeep (50m boys backstroke) and Pooja (200m girls butterfly) managed sixth, seventh and eighth place finishes respectively.

India have seven medals (three gold, three silver and one bronze), while Australia reigned supreme in swimming with 37 medals (18 gold, 11 silver, eight bronze) while Wales (four gold, four silver and four bronze) and South Africa (three gold, five silver and four bronze) finished second and third respectively.

In tennis, it was a day of mixed fortunes for India, with Yuki Bhamri having to retire during his semi-final against Finbar Tearney of New Zealand after being down 2-6, 1-4.

In the women's singles, Kyra Shroff bagged two silver medals. She lost to Heather Watson of Guernsey in the singles, while in the doubles, pairing with Venkatesha Poojashree, she lost to Monika Wejnert and Jade Hooper of Australia in a three-setter.

The men's doubles pair of Bhamri and Vijayant Malik also had to settle for silver, going down to the Kiwi pairing of Logan Mackenzie and Finbar Tearney in straight sets in the final.

Indians also had to rest content with silver medals from the weightlifting arena with Srishti Singh, in the women's 69 kg category, and Harbhajan Singh, in the men's 89 kg category, finishing second.

Mary Opeloge from Samoa, in the women's 69 kg category, and Mathieu Marineau from Canada, in the men's 89 kg category, bagged the gold medals respectively.

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