Bangalore: Nineteen-year-old Shikha Tandon is the only Indian swimmer to have qualified for the Athens Olympics. Shikha, who hails from Bangalore, will take part in the 50 metre and 100 metre freestyle events. And she has had to work hard to make it to the mega event, putting in five hours a day in the pool under the watchful eye of her coach for the last 10 years, Nihar Ameen. Tight schedule Her training schedule has left little time for the 19-year-old to attend college. "I swim around two-and-a-half hours in the morning, about two-and-a-half hours in the evening and I have weight training about four times a week," Shikha says. "Diet is pretty strict. We have to have a lot of carbohydrate, protein and the least amount of fat possible," she adds. The young swimmer has qualified for two events, but a medal seems like a very unlikely prospect.
- In the 50 metres freestyle she made the qualifying time of 26.90 seconds with a time of 26.50. The Olympic best is 24.32 seconds
- In the 100 metres freestyle, she just made the qualifying time of 58.36 seconds. The Olympic best is 53.83.