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|Full name||Virdhawal Vikram Khade|
|Born||August 29, 1991
Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||182 pounds (83 kg)|
|Competitor for India|
|Bronze||2010 Guangzhou||50m Butterfly|
CareerHe is the national record-holder in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle events and in the 50m Butterfly. Khade is Senior National Champion, 2006 in 50 m, 100 m, 200 m Freestyle and 50 m Butterfly. He won six Gold Medals and broke three Games Records at the South Asian Games, 2006 and won six Gold medals and broke five Games Records at the 33rd National Games, Guwahati.
He is the youngest ever Indian swimmer to qualify for an Olympics. Although he did not qualify for the semifinals of the 100m freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he did finish first in his heat (Heat 3) and set a new personal best of 50.07 seconds, placing him 42nd overall. He came 48th in the 200 m freestyle and 32nd in the 50 m.
On 16 November 2010 Virdhawal Khade became the first Indian swimmer since Khajan Singh to win a medal at the Asian Games when he went on to capture the Bronze in the 50m Butterfly event at the 16th Asian Games, Guangzhou, China.
He endorses Nike. He is a supporter of Pratham Books and an active participant in their work on popularising reading among young Indians.
Virdhawal is coached by Nihar Ameen and trains in Bangalore. He is supported by GoSports Foundation, a sports non profit organisation that aims to promote sporting excellence in India. A few of his best timings are:
- 50m Freestyle: 22.58sec* clocked at the Age group Asian Games, Japan, August 2009
- 100m Freestyle: 49.47sec clocked at the Commonwealth Youth Games, Pune, India, October 2008
- 200m Freestyle: 1:49.86sec clocked at the Commonwealth Youth Games, Pune, India, October 2008
- 400m Freestyle: 4:01.87sec clocked at the 51st MILO/PRAM Malaysia Invitation Open, May 2008
- 50m Butterfly: 24.25sec clocked at the Commonwealth Youth Games, Pune, India, October 2008