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JESUDAS Justin Vijay
Sport Para swimming, Shooting Para sport
NPC India   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthTiruchchirappalli, IND
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Chennai, IND
Occupation
Researcher
Languages
English, Tamil
Higher education
Public Administration
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up shooting Para sport in 2016 in Chennai, India.
Why this sport?
He had competed in shooting at national level in India when he was at school. "Soon after my accident I wanted to pick up shooting as first choice, but at that time there was no traction for Para shooting. Nobody was interested and the shooting organisation didn't show interest in organising the event for differently-abled. In April [2016] there was a lot of talk about Para shooting and there was a camp organised in Chennai. That is how shooting started after my accident."
General Interest
Hobbies
Surfing, scuba diving, driving, spending time with family. (deccanchronicle.com, 28 Aug 2017; thehindu.com, 02 Dec 2016)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The accident reminded me that all we have is one life, so I decided it is only in this lifetime that we have to do all that we want to do. It's not the medals and accolades that excite me. It is the joy of being able to compete at an international level. It is the journey of going out and giving life your best. That makes me happy." (dtnext.in, 27 Aug 2017)
Other sports
He competed in Para swimming at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Jul 2015)
Ambitions
To compete in Para swimming at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia, and at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (thehindu.com, 02 Dec 2016)
Impairment
He is paralysed from the neck down after being involved in a car accident in 2009 in Hyderabad, India. (thehindu.com, 17 Jan 2017; thehindu.com, 02 Dec 2016)
Other information
MARATHON
He was one of the co-founders of a wheelchair marathon in Chennai, India. "We came up with the idea of a wheelchair marathon because most often in newspaper articles you come across statements like wheelchair-bound or wheelchair user. This is not the case because without the wheelchair I would not be able to go anywhere. The wheelchair enables instead of confines. We wanted to showcase abilities and possibilities, and not disabilities." (newzhook.com, 29 Aug 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2015 200m Freestyle S3 5:52.77
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S3 1:18.38
Heats 2015 50m Backstroke S3 1:14.12
Asian Para Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
6 2018 50m Backstroke S4 1:21.07
7 2018 100m Freestyle S4 2:52.44
6 2018 200m Freestyle S4 5:51.59
7 2018 50m Freestyle S4 1:21.37