Bengaluru, Oct 24: Subedar Anandan Gunasekaran Para Athlete of Madras Engineering Group & Centre here won three Gold medals in Seventh Military World Games 2019 held at Wuhan, China recently.
He won Gold in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter events. He was qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 after winning Gold in the 200 meter event in recently conducted Handisport Open Paris 2019 (Olympic Qualify Round), according to a release here on Thursday.
Subedar Anandan, is a battle casualty where he suffered mine blast injury in 2008 resulting in amputation below left knee. An artificial leg was specially designed and given during the rehabilitation. Since he was a keen sportsmen and was subsequently sponsored by Madras Engineering Group & Centre for running blade. In IPC Athletics Grand Prix-2014 held at Tunisia from 12 to 19 Jun 2014 he won 01 Gold in the 200 meter and also participated in Seventeenth Asian Games at Incheon.
He under the supervision & guidance of Madras Engineering Group & Centre Athletic Coach he practiced with prosthetic blade in 100 meter& 200 meter distance in T44 Category and participated in Sri Lanka Army Para Games at Colombo from 16 - 18 Sep 2015 Indian Army and Paralympic Committee of India had sponsored him for participating in the subject event at Sri Lanka where he improved his timing to 12.29 secs in 100 meter event winning a Silver Medal. He won Gold in 200 meter category where Athletes from 14 countries had participated.
He is the first Indian Para Athlete in T-44 category to bag medal for the Army in the World ParaMilitary Games and break the Asian record.
He was qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 after securing Gold medal in the 200 meter event in recently conducted Handisport Open Paris 2019 (Olympic Qualify Round).(UNI)