23 year-old para-swimmer Sharath Gayakwad created a new record at the Asian Para Games which was recently held in Incheon, South Korea. Sharath, who suffers from a physical disability, won the most number of medals by an Indian athlete in a multi-discipline event.
Sharath Gayakwad won 6 medals across different swimming events at the Asian Para Games. The London 2012 Paralympian swimmer began his medal haul with a silver in the 200 m Individual medley. He followed it up with bronze medals in 100 m butterfly, 100 m breaststroke, 100 m backstroke and 50 m freestyle respectively. Finally, Sharath Gayakwad won bronze in the 4X100 m Medley relay along with Prasanta Karmakar, Swapnil Patil and Niranjan Mukundan.
“I’m extremely happy about my performance at the Games. For the past six months, I, along with the other swimmers, have trained hard for this competition and it feels great when our hard work pays off”, said an ecstatic Sharath Gayakwad
He further thanked his parents for their constant support and his coach John Cristopher for years of guidance and encouragement. He also thanked his teammates, GoSports Foundation and sponsor Speedo for their endless support.
Cristopher, Sharath’s coach, was happy with his ward’s performance. He mentioned that Sharath overcame a serious shoulder injury to achieve these results. As part of GoSports Foundation’s support, Sharath Gayakwad is being mentored by Rahul Dravid.