IWAS World Games: Para Swimmer Niranjan Mukundan Wins Eight Medals in 2016 [ Current Affairs ]
Bengaluru para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan has won eight medals, including three golds, at the recently-concluded IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports) U-23 World Games in Prague, Czech Republic.
- He won gold medals in 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke, silver in 100m fly and 50m freestyle, as also bronze in 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke events.
- In 2015 edition of the IWAS Games, he had created a record for highest number of individual medals and raking in 10 medals in all the events that he participated in.
About Niranjan Mukundan
- Niranjan was born on 4 September 1994 in Bangalore, Karnataka. He is an Indian para-swimmer.
- He was born with a physical deformity called Spina Bifida (a birth defect in which there is incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord).
- Niranjan joined the Jain University in Bangalore for higher education, where he was given encouragement for training.
- GoSports Foundation supports his sporting endeavour through its Para Champions Programme.
- Country: India
- Event (s): Butterfly, Freestyle
- Coached by: John Christopher
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About IWAS World Games:
- IWAS: International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports
- IWAS World Games are a multi-sports competition for athletes with a disability, which under the former name of the International Stoke Mandeville Games were the indication of the Paralympic Games.
- The competition has been formerly known as the World Wheelchair and Amputee Games, the Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Games, the Stoke Mandeville Games, the World Wheelchair Games.
- Published on: July 7, 2016