Niranjan Mukundan –  Bengaluru Para Swimmer – 5 gold medals

Niranjan Mukundan – Bengaluru Para Swimmer – 5 gold medals

Bengaluru Para Swimmer Niranjan Mukundan got 5 gold medals at Norwegian Swimming Championships 2019 (Ado cup) at Norway.  

Mukundan won 5 gold medals in the 50 M butterfly, 200 M IM (Individual medley), 200 M breast storke, 100 M freestyle and 50 M breast stroke events at the Norwegian Swimming Championship 2019.

This championship marks an important event in Nirajan’s swimming career.  With this, he has cross 50 medals mark.

Niranjan Mukundan :

Niranjan Mukundan (born 4 September 1994) is an Indian para-swimmer. He was crowned as the Junior World Champion in the year 2015.

Niranjan was born in Bengaluru with Spina bifida;  he has an incomplete development of the spinal cord and clubbed feet. With the support of his parents, he started learning swimming and progressed very quickly.

He underwent as many as sixteen surgeries. He was advised by the doctors to undergo swimming to strengthen his leg muscles. His mother took him to the swimming club in Jayanagar, Benglauru and it is here that coach John Christopher spotted and promised to turn him into an international level swimmer.

He is been coached by John Christopher, Miguel Lopez Alvarado.

Niranjan attended the Jain University in Bengaluru for higher education.

Swimming career of Niranjan Mukundan:

Niranjan claimed the silver medal twice in 50m butterfly at the Paralympic nationals in Mumbai in  2004–2005 and Kolkata in 2005-2006.  At the state aquatic championships in Bengaluru he won silver medal in 2007 and bronze in 2009 in Water Polo.

Year 2012 was a fruitful one for Niranjan at the national swimming championship in Chennai.  He  won three gold medals, one silver in swimming and one bronze in Water Polo.  Niranjan won his first international medal, a bronze in 200m freestyle at the IDM German Swimming Championship in Berlin.

National and International achievements :

In 2013 he won more international medals at the IWAS World Junior Games in Puerto Rico, clinching two silver in 100m freestyle and butterfly along with two bronze medals in 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle.  He soon became world number 17.  At the 13th para national swimming championship in Bengaluru, he won one gold, a silver and two bronze medals.

At the 2014 IWAS World Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville, U.K,. Niranjan won a whopping eight medals, three gold, two silver and three bronze.

On 1 November 2015, he won the state’s prestigious Kannada Rajyotsava Prashasti. He also received the National Award (best sportsman with disability) for his exceptional achievement in the field of sports, at Vigyan Bhavan, Delhi.  He won 10 medals (7 gold and 3 silver) in the World Junior Games held at Stadskanaal, Netherlands and was also crowned as the Junior World Champion.

At the 2016 IWAS Junior World Games in Prague, Czech Republic, Niranjan won eight more medals, also three gold, two silver and three bronze. He was honored to have delivered the athletes’ oath in front of his fellow competitors.

Norwegian Swimming Championships 2019 (Ado cup) :

Based on disability in the men’s group, there are categories for physical, intellectual disability and for people who are blind.  Swimming competition is conducted according to the categories of disability and caliber.

Mukundan rank 14 in the world and 3rd in India.  His hope is to come in top 10 in the world by the end of this year.

In December 2008, Mukundan suffered ankle injury and underwent a major surgery, which forced him out of atleast 2 months.

Awards and recognition of Niranjan Mukundan :

  • 2016 – Ekalavya Award
  • 2015 – National Award for Best Sports-person of the Year by Government of India.
  • 2015 – Achiever’s Award from Dr. Chenraj Roychand, founding Chairman, The JGI Group. team good wishes to Niranjan Mukundan. 

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