Rare swim medal for India

Sandeep Sejwal, 25, won a rare swimming medal for India at the Asian Games yesterday, with his coach insisting that better facilities at home would have fetched him the gold.

Sejwal bagged the bronze in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 28.26sec, only the third Asiad medal in the pool by an Indian in the last 28 years. Khajan Singh had won a silver in the 200m butterfly at Seoul in 1986 and Virdhawal Khade clinched a bronze in the 50m butterfly event in Guangzhou four years ago.

"I hope this medal will give Indian swimming a lift," Sejwal's coach Nihar Ameen said.

"In the whole of India, there is just one swimming pool, in New Delhi, that has modern starting blocks which were introduced at the Beijing Olympics. Surely this is not enough."

The event was won by Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan and Japan's Yasuhiro Koseki clinched the silver.

- AFP.