Kushagra Rawat clinched Gold in 1500m in the freestyle event at the South Africa Aquatics Meet

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Indian freestyle swimmer Kushagra Rawat, vreated history by securing the first medal for India at the South Africa Aquatics meet held at Newton Park Swimming Pool, Gqeberha, South Africa. He won the gold medal in the men’s 1500m freestyle event, clocking a time of 15:41:61. This impressive feat placed him eight seconds ahead of the second-placed Matthew Caldwell of South Africa.

Kushagra Rawat achieves a historical feat

Rawat’s victory was a significant achievement for the six-member Indian swimming contingent competing under the team of Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS) at the event. However, Rawat’s victory was not the only notable performance from the Indian team.

Two more Indian swimmers, Anurag Singh and Krishna Gadakh, also competed in the same event, finishing 5th and 10th respectively. Singh clocked a time of 16:22.75, while Gadakh finished with a time of 16:56.71.

Despite winning the gold medal, Rawat could not better his personal best timing of 15:31.65. He is still very much behind the Olympic Qualification mark of 15:00.99. This indicates that while Rawat’s performance was commendable, there is still room for improvement as he strives to meet the Olympic standards.

In addition to Rawat’s performance, the event also saw participation from national record holder Maana Patel. However, Patel missed the women’s 50m backstroke final A, clocking a time of 30.53 seconds in the preliminary round. She finished in 13th position overall after her Final B performance, with a time of 30.75 seconds. Despite this setback, both Rawat and Patel have a few more events lined up in the coming days, where they will be aiming for even better timings.

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