Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began swimming at age four in Kolhapur, India.
|Why this sport?
||His father, a former basketball player, talked him into trying swimming at the PGT pool near his home in Kolhapur, India. "My dad wanted me to concentrate on an individual event."
|Club / Team
||Padukone–Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence: Bengaluru, IND
|Name of coach
||He swims for six hours a day, before spending two hours in the gym.
||Veer [Brave]. (virdhawal.blogspot.com, 19 Feb 2008)
||He missed half of the 2007 season due to a combination of illness and study commitments. (hindu.com 18 Jan 2008)
He has suffered a serous knee injury during his career. (news18.com, 13 Jun 2018)
|Awards and honours
||He was presented with India's Arjuna Award in 2011. (firstpost.com, 23 Mar 2018)
||To win two medals, including one gold, at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, and to compete in an Olympic final. (news18.com, 13 Jun 2018; indiatimes.com, 29 Mar 2018; thehindu.com, 24 Mar 2018)
In around 2010 he began combining his swimming career with a full-time job as a public servant. His results suffered and he competed in the sport less until November 2017 when, following a number of different postings around India because of his work with the Indian government, he returned to Mumbai to live permanently. "I started taking time out for myself. I started training, swimming twice a day and going to the gym. I started with my food; I started watching what I ate. That played a big role in helping me get back in shape. I worked very hard in the gym. The one place that I think I earlier lacked was that I was weaker than my competitors abroad. I got a lot stronger than what I used to be." (firstpost.com, 23 Mar 2018)