The results of the Indian swimmers on Day 6:
50m Breaststroke Prelims and Semi-finals: Sandeep Sejwal clocked a time of 29.91 to finish joint 12th in the Prelims.
Later in the evening Sandeep clocked 30.48 to finish 15th in the Semifinals.
Sandeep’s best time is 29.36 (National record).
Men’s 50m Freestyle Semi-Finals (Eamon Sullivan breaks the World record):
Women’s 100m Freestyle Finals (Lisbeth Trickett breaks the World record):
The results of the Indian swimmers on Day 7:
Women’s 50m Freestyle Prelims: Shikha Tandon clocked a time of 26.87 to finish 23rd.
Shikha holds the National record with a time of 26.50 set in 2003.
The Olympic qualifying time is 26.32
1500m Freestyle Prelims: Mandar Divase clocked a time of 16:18.09 to finish 17th. Rohit Havaldar clocked a time of 16:38.23 to finish 19th.
Mandar holds the National record with a time of 16:17.58.
The Olympic qualifying time is 15:45.12.
Men’s 50m Freestyle Finals (Eamon Sullivan breaks the World record):
The Indian team's bid to get a few more berths at the Beijing Olympic Games ended unsuccessfully today. The only bright spark was Shikha’s National record in the 100m Freestyle. The fact that all non-Australian swimmers were allowed to swim only in the morning prelims, in Olympic events, made it that much more tougher for the Indians to get the elusive qualifying time.
It was unfortunate that Virdhawal Khade, who was in great form in lead up to these championships, could not participate due to an injury. He is back in the water and is expected to race at the Australian Age-group Championships from April 9-13 at Brisbane. It was a year back, almost to the day, when Virdhawal swam an amazing 200m Freestyle at the 2007 Melbourne World Swimming Championships to qualify for the Beijing Olympic Games.
The swimmers will now head back to their respective training bases in preparation for the next Olympic qualifying meet.
Women's 50m Freestyle Finals (Lisbeth Trickett breaks the World record):