Sandeep sejwal – India’s 1st breaststroke Olympic swimmer – has not got the type of support he would have liked, even though he isn’t in the complaining mode right now and focusing on performing each and every bit to qualify for Rio.
He has made the ‘B’ cut, along with fellow Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash; nonetheless}, Sandeep sejwal is the closest to obtain the ‘A’ qualification mark just before the cut-off date in July. The most current for the Indian swimmer in eventful 4 years for him between London 2012 and now is a hat-trick of gold medals at the Malaysian Open Swimming Championships. But the most awaited touchdown and the subsequent ecstatic appear at the clock is yet to occur for Sandeep sejwal.
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“I don’t actually count my medals when it comes to any international meets and the quantity “three gold medals” was reminded to me by a swimmer from Malaysia who is an excellent buddy of mine,” Sandeep sejwal, who is presently in Tokyo, I have the highest FINA points (822) and the second highest is Sajan Prakash 797. Each of us has made the ‘B’ cut for Rio but as far as ‘A’ cut is concerned, I am 1.8 seconds away in the 200m, and this is the closest any Indian swimmer has come to the ‘A’ mark, Sandeep sejwal informed.
A bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games gave Sandeep sejwal a massive fillip right after the disappointment of London 2012, and although 1.8 seconds sounds quite tiny, it’s a challenging ask for him in terms of Rio qualification in the 200m event.
“I know three weeks is not enough for anyone to achieve big, but I am happy that I at least got those three weeks to train with him and learned a lot,” Sejwa said. Sandeep is optimistic about the future of swimming in India though. “Swimming has a lot of growing up to do in terms of media attraction and sponsorship,” he added.