Virdhawal Vikram Khade, born August 29, 1991, in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India is an Indian swimmer.
He is the national record holder in the 50m,100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle events and in the 50m Butterfly. Khade was Senior National Champion in 2006 in 50m,100m, 200m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly. He won six Gold Medals and broke three records at the South Asian Games in 2006 and won six Gold medals and broke five records at the 33rd National Games.
He is the youngest ever Indian swimmer to qualify for an Olympics. He competed in the men’s 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle swimming events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, setting an Indian national record in 100m Freestyle while winning his unseeded heat, but failed to qualify for the semifinals in his events. He created history on 16 November 2010 when he won a medal after 24 years for India in swimming in the 50m butterfly category at the 2010 Asian games.
He endorses Nike. He is a supporter of Pratham Books and an active participant in their work on popularising reading among young Indians. He is supported by GoSports Foundation, a sports non profit organisation that aims to promote sporting excellence in India.