Indian Para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan has won eight medals at the recently-concluded IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports) U-23 World Games held in Prague, Czech Republic.
Of the 8 medal’s Niranjan bagged three gold medals in 50m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke events. He won two silver medals in 100m fly and 50m freestyle, and three bronze medals in 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke events.
Earlier in the 2015 edition of the IWAS Games, Niranjan had also created a record for maximum number of individual medals, and was also crowned as the Junior World Champion.
Niranjan was born on 4 September 1994 in Bangalore 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). Presently, GoSports Foundation supports his sporting endeavour through its Para Champions Programme.
He has received following awards and Honours - Junior World Champion (2015), National Award for Best Sports-person of the Year (2015) and Ekalavya Award (2016).