Rujuta Khade breaks 20-year-old swimming National Record

Rujuta Khade obliterated a 20-year-old national record at the swimming nationals in Hyderabad.

Rujuta clocked 26.47s to win the gold in the 50m women's freestyle event, in the process shattering the earlier national record of 26.61s that stood in Shikha Tandon's name since 2003.

There was more joy in store for the Khade household. Rujuta's husband, 2010 Asian Games bronze medallist Virdhawal Khade won the 50m men's freestyle -- the fastest race at the ongoing meet.

The 22.82s time wasn't Virdhawal's best but the seasoned swimmer still managed to finish ahead of youngsters Mihir Ambre (22.96) and AS Anand (23.30) who clinched the silver and bronze medals respectively.

In swimming, timing is considered a national record when it has been achieved at the Nationals also known as the National Aquatic Championships. Hence, the timings clocked in other meets are called the 'Best Indian time'.