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‘Splashing' his way to glory

V.V. Subrahmanyam
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MAKING WAVES: Miryala Kireety at the recently-held sub-junior national aquatics championship in Bangalore.
MAKING WAVES: Miryala Kireety at the recently-held sub-junior national aquatics championship in Bangalore.

Miryala Kireety at 13 has the rare distinction of being the only one to win medals for Andhra Pradesh in the recently-held Sub-junior national aquatics championship in Bangalore.

He clinched the silver in the 200 m individual medley with a timing of 2:42.55 and a bronze in the 100 m backstroke clocking 1:15.98. Well, not efforts which merit immediate attention but certainly a reminder that this eighth standard student of St. Peter's High School (Bowenpally) is making a slow and steady progress in the waters.

For someone who developed interest in the sport by training in Chennai where his father, Krishna Mohan continues to work as civil contractor (his family stays in Jeedimetla in the city), the bespectacled boy has the distinction of winning a medal in his very first State-level event in 2008 – a silver in the 50 m backstroke.

And, Kireety is lookinig far head. Why not? His medal haul includes 15 gold and four silver in different State-level and Zonal meets.

With mother Shireesha sacrificing a lot, literally, to guide the destiny of this young swimmer, Kireety has the comfort to focus on his favourite sport. “One day, I want to win a medal for India,” he says.

Coach elated

And, not surprisingly, Kireety is yet another product of one of the most dedicated coaches Umesh at the GHMC swimming pool (Secunderabad). Known for his very personal touch in ensuring that his wards feel completely at home even while imparting the finer aspects of the sport, Umesh rates highly this swimmer. “He has the potential and is very enthusiastic,” the proud coach says.

What really helped Kireety to be a much more intense competitor has been the three-month training stint in Banglore where he had the privilege of watching the best Indian swimmer in contemporary scene Virdhawal Khade and Sandeep Sejwal. “In fact, I interact a lot with Sandeep and want to emulate him,” says the chirpy Kireety.

Rigorous training

To achieve his goals this youngster, who wants to be an engineer even while enjoying film star Mahesh Babu's movies, trains for four hours daily.

With some of the big events like the School Games Nationals and the South Zone later this year, Kireety is keen to keep winning and improving with every stint in the pool.

V.V. Subrahmanyam

Thirteen-year-old swimmer Miryala Kireety's medal haul includes 15 gold and four silver in different State-level and zonal meets

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