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MUKUNDAN Niranjan
Sport Para swimming
NPC India   
GenderMen
Age25
Place of BirthBangalore, IND
Height1.64 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Phuket, THA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil
Higher education
Commerce - Jain University: Bengaluru, IND
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2003 at the Jayanagar Swimming Pool in Bengaluru, India.
Why this sport?
His doctor suggested that he should take up horse riding or swimming to strengthen his legs. "[Swimming] was one of the mechanisms to help me cope with a lot of struggles which I faced physiologically, as well as internally. Three months after I finished my first swimming course, I was spotted by a coach. He said, 'Niranjan, why don't you get introduced to Para sports?' I then began representing the state."
Club / Team
Thanyapura Aquatics Academy: Phuket, THA
Name of coach
John Christopher [personal]; Miguel Lopez Alvarado [personal], ESP
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
India
General Interest
Nicknames
Niru, NiMu, Nhi (Facebook profile, 04 Jul 2019)
Hobbies
Motorsport, swimming, photography, watching films, travelling, cricket, spending time with family and friends, adventure sports. (Facebook page, 25 Nov 2019; thenewsminute.com, 03 Jun 2019; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming bronze in the men's 4x100m medley relay 34 points at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; thenewsminute.com, 03 Jun 2019)
Injuries
A leg injury forced him to withdraw from the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia and return home to India. (thehindu.com, 09 Jul 2019)

In 2018 he had multiple surgeries on his ankle. An operation in December 2018 kept him out of action for 10 weeks. (thebetterindia.com, 24 Jun 2019; aninews.in, 03 May 2019; thriveglobal.in, 05 Dec 2018)

An ulcer on his foot caused him to miss the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Although he recovered, the ulcer returned at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea, forcing him to withdraw from four events. (saddahaq.com, 07 Aug 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live life like there is no tomorrow." (Facebook profile, 04 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2016 Sportsman of the Year by the Sports Writers Association of Bengaluru [SWAB] in India. (Facebook page, 06 Dec 2016)

In 2016 he received an Ekalavya Award from the state of Karnataka in India, in recognition of his performances in Para swimming. (deccanchronicle.com, 17 Jan 2017)

He was awarded the National Award for Best Para Sportsperson of the Year in 2015 by the Government of India. (deccanchronicle.com, 17 Jan 2017)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He also aspires to establish his own foundation and academy. (deccanchronicle.com, 17 Jan 2017; thenewsminute.com, 03 Jun 2019)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida and club feet. As a result he has muscle weakness in his legs and has undergone multiple surgeries. (newindianexpress.com, 13 Jan 2016; firstpost.com, 05 Jul 2016)
Other information
TRAINING BASE
He splits his time between India and his training base at the Thanyapura Aquatics Academy in Phuket, Thailand. He began training at the Thanyapura Aquatics Academy in 2016 as part of an International Swimming Federation [FINA] scholarship programme. (deccanherald.com, 07 Jul 2019; thenewsminute.com, 03 Jun 2019)

OTHER STUDIES
In 2018 he graduated with a master's degree in sports management from the Institute of Sports Science and Technology in India. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; thenewsminute.com, 03 Jun 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 50m Butterfly S7 34.02
Heats 2019 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:59.15
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
10 2014 100m Breaststroke SB7 2:11.51
4 2014 200m Individual Medley SM8 3:20.79
  2014 100m Butterfly S8  DSQ
  2014 100m Backstroke S8  DNS
3 2014 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:23.32
11 2014 50m Freestyle S8 34.56
7 2018 50m Freestyle S7 34.63
4 2018 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:59.58
4 2018 400m Freestyle S7 5:30.51