Date of birth: 4th September, 1994
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka

Niranjan
Mukundan

Paralympic swimmer

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Born with a medical condition called Spina Bifida along with clubbed feet, Niranjan has undergone as many as 16 surgeries already. He was advised by the doctors to undergo swimming to strengthen his leg muscles. His mother took him to the swimming club in Jayanagar, Bangalore and it is there that coach John Christopher spotted him.

Extremely passionate about swimming, Niranjan has a great take on life! The ever-smiling Bangalore boy specializes in 100m Butterfly and loves racing the 50m and 100m Freestyle events.

His first notable achievements were winning 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, Bangalore, he won a silver medal in 2007 and bronze in 2009 in water polo.

He won his first international medal, a bronze in 200m freestyle at the IDM German Swimming Championship in Berlin. He capped off three brilliant years at the IWAS World Junior Games winning 26 medals in total which included 13 Gold, 7 Silver and 6 Bronze medals.

In light of his stellar achievements, he was awarded the National Award for Best Sports-person of the Year by Government of India in 2015 and the Eklavya Award in 2016. In 2017 he entered the Limca Book of Records for winning the most medals in one edition of International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Junior Games, winning 10 medals at the IWAS World Junior Games in 2015.

In 2019, Niranjan took his tally of medals to a staggering 50, after claiming five golds at the Norwegian Swimming Championships. Niranjan also holds the Indian record for the fastest & youngest to complete the Golden Quadrilateral (5846 km), in a record time of 124 hours & 52 minutes by car.

Milestone
  • Gold Medal, Men’s 200 M, World Para – Swimming World Series, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2019
  • Silver Medal, Men’s 50 M, World Para – Swimming World Series, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2019
  • 5x Gold Medals, Norwegian Swimming Championships, 2019
  • 3x Gold Medals, IWAS World Junior Games, Prague, 2016
  • 2x Silver Medals, IWAS World Junior Games, Prague, 2016
  • 3x Bronze Medals, IWAS World Junior Games, Prague, 2016
  • 7x Gold Medals, IWAS World Junior Games, Netherlands, 2015
  • 3x Silver Medals, IWAS World Junior Games, Netherlands, 2015
  • Silver Medal, IDM Swimming Championships, Berlin, 2015
  • Bronze Medal, 4 x 100 M Medley Relay, Para Asian Games, Incheon, 2014
  • Rajyotsava Award,- 2015
  • Eklavya Award,- 2016
  • Forbes Asia ’30 Under 30’ Super Achiever, 2019
  • National Award, for Best Sportsperson of the year, 2015