Kushagra Rawat took a step toward qualifying for the 2020 Olympics after attaining the B widespread of the 800m freestyle event at the Speedo Thailand Age Group swimming championships in Bangkok on Sunday.

Rawat clocked 08.07.99 to pass the Olympic Games B standard qualifying time of 08:08.54 for the guys’ 800m freestyle event. He also crossed the B standard of the 2019 FINA World Championships, which stood at 08:10. Ninety-one, on this same occasion. In the Olympics and World Championships, if the whole quota of swimmers to take part in a specific event is not crammed with the aid of individuals who crossed the A trendy, those who achieved B widespread may be referred to upon to compete.


Not only in the 800m freestyle, but Kushagra has also made the B preferred for the World Championships in the 400m freestyle with a time of 03: fifty six.10. The B preferred qualifying time for the World Championships in 400m freestyle is 03.Fifty six.14. “Your goal needs to be high, do your efforts accordingly; you’ll get your goal close by,” said Kushagra, who trains at the SAI Glenmark TIDM program that’s primarily based out of the Dr. SPM Swimming Complex in New Delhi.

Head Coach of SGTIDM Program, Partha Pratim Majumder, praised Rawat, pronouncing: “This performance displays that we’re shifting in the right path toward our ‘Mission Olympic Podium 2020/2024’ together with his honest training efforts.

“We advanced specific long term programs for him to ensure constant development and motivated him and his circle of relatives often.” The SGTIDM program changed into an installation in 2016. The Sports Authority of India and Glenmark Aquatic Foundation partnered with an imaginative and prescient to broaden Indian swimmers for podium finishes at global aquatic meets just like the Olympics.

“As of now, it isn’t a hundred consistent with cent assured that he’d take part in the Olympics or World Championships. However, he has taken a step towards doing that. If A fashionable achievers do not fill up the whole quota of swimmers required for a selected event, people who executed B widespread might be allowed to participate,” a legitimate told PTI. Rawat joined the academy in 2016 and his excellent time in the 800m freestyle became 08.49.24. He shed around 42 seconds in three years to turn out to be the quickest in India.