Saturday, 22 March 2008

Indians @ 2008 Telstra Australian Swimming Championships

The 2008 Telstra Australian Swimming Championships is being held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center from 22-29th March. The Australian team for the Beijing Olympic Games will be chosen here.

This meet will also feature the following top Indian swimmers who are vying to make the Indian Olympic team:

Sandeep Sejwal – 50, 100 and 200m Breaststroke.
Rehan Poncha – 100m Backstroke, 200m Butterfly, 200 and 400m IM
Mandar Divase – 200, 400, 800 and 1500m Freestyle
Rohit Havaldar – 200, 400 and 1500m Freestyle
Shikha Tandon – 50 and 100m Freestyle

Virdhawal Khade, who has already qualified for the Beijing Olympic Games, suffered a minor injury during training earlier this week putting his participation in doubt.

As per the rules, only swimmers eligible to represent Australia will compete in the semi-final or final of an Australian championship event which is a selection trials for the Olympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games or Pan Pacific Championships. Hence the Indian swimmers will be allowed to swim only in the morning heats; this would mean that they will get only one chance in each of their events under non-ideal conditions

Check this earlier post ‘Ladder to Beijing’ to see where things currently stand.

Click here to see the Program of events.
Click here to see the results.
Click here to see the start list.

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