Virdhawal Vikram Khade who is 26 years old (29th August 1991) born in Kolhapur, Maharashtra is a swimmer. He is the youngest swimmer from India to qualify for the Olympics at the age of 16 years in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Eight years ago, Virdhawal Khade ended India’s medal ambition in swimming by winning a bronze at Asian Games held at Guangzhou, China in 50m butterfly category.
He competed in the men’s 50 m, 100 m and 200 m Freestyle swimming events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing setting an Indian national record in 100 m Freestyle while winning his unseeded heat, but failed to qualify for the semifinals in his events. He created history on 16 November 2010 when he won a medal after 24 years for India in swimming in the 50m butterfly category at the 2010 Asian games.
He showed tremendous potential at Singapore National Swimming Championships in June by defeating Rio Olympic Champion Joseph schooling to grab Gold in 100m freestyle and a silver in 50m freestyle.
Now the Asian games is approaching fast which will be held at Jakarta. From past one year Khade is practicing vigorously aiming for a gold in the event. He trains at the Padukone David Academy, Bengaluru under Nihar Amin, who is elated with the potential shown by Khade.
Virdhawal Khade was awarded with the Arjuna award in 2011 in the swimming category.