Asian Games: Worked Hard for This, It's a Dream Come True, Says Swimmer Sandeep Sejwal

The bronze won by Sandeep Sejwal is only the fourth -- after Sachin Nag's gold in the men's 100m freestyle in the inaugural Asian Games in Delhi (1951), Khazan Singh's silver in the 200m butterfly in 1986 at Seoul and Virdhawal Khade's bronze four years ago at Guangzhou in the 100m butterfly -- medal for the country in the core sport of swimming.

updated: September 27, 2014 02:17 IST
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Indian swimmer Sandeep Sejwal (right) with his bronze medal on the podium at Incheon.


Incheon, South Korea: Only the fourth Indian to clinch a swimming medal in the Asian Games, Sandeep Sejwal on Friday said his bronze in the 50m breaststroke event at Incheon was a dream realised after eight years of hard work with his coach Nihar Ameen. (Day 7 Wrap | Highlights | Tally)

"I shifted from Delhi to Bangalore eight years ago and worked very hard. I have always wanted to win a medal in the Asian Games. It's a dream come true. If I had not won the medal today, I would have felt the time I had spent in Bangalore was a waste," the 25-year-old Sejwal said.

Sejwal, drawn in lane 5, was leading till the 40metre mark before he fell behind Kazakhstan's Dmitry Balandin and Japan's Yasuko Koseki to clinch the third place in 28.26s, after having clocked a 28.25s in the semifinal heats earlier on Friday to qualify for the evening finals.

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