SAI approves swimmer Kushagra Rawat’s training in US

Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) Mission Olympic Cell has approved swimmer Kushagra Rawat’s three-month-long training-cum competition stint in the USA. Rawat is a part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme’s (TOPS) development group.

During his three-month period in the USA, he will train with Dave Kelsheimer, who was the assistant open water swimming coach for the 2016 USA swimming team. During his time in the US, Rawat will also participate in competitions to achieve the Olympic A cut for qualifying directly.

“I had trained under this coach in 2020 when I was in Australia. Some of the swimmers whom I trained with have already achieved the Olympic A cut. I know the coach and his training patterns, which will be beneficial,” Rawat said in a statement issued by the SAI.

The freestyle swimmer has already made Olympic B cut in three events- 400m, 800m and 1500m. Rawat is confident that with his stint in the USA, he would achieve Olympic A cut. Last week, he trained under renowned international sports scientist Genadijus Sokolovas, who was on a visit supported by TOPS in Bengaluru.

“I learnt a lot about swimming techniques. After all the analysis, I am more aware of myself,” Rawat said about his stint with Sokolovas.

Kelsheimer is currently the head coach of Team Santa Monica, California and was US swimming coach at the 2017 and 2019 World Champions. Additionally, he also trained several Olympians including Jordan Wilimovsky, who finished fourth in 1500 meres ad fifth in 10000 metres open marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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