He is the fastest paralympic in India. The 32-year old just won three gold medals for his country at the world military games that ended on October 27 in Wuhan, China.
A decade ago, Anandan Gunasekaran, an army soldier in his early 20s was on a routine patrol near Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir when he accidentally stepped on a landmine.
It was sheer bad luck, as the area was not a minefield. Gunasekaran lost his left leg. But his will power was intact.
Following discharge from the hospital, he turned to athletics. The army got him a Rs 5 lakh blade for running.
Today he is the fastest paralympic in India. The 32-year old just won three gold medals for his country at the world military games that ended on October 27 in Wuhan, China.
At the Wuhan event, Gunasekaran clocked 12 seconds in the men’s disabled 100m IT1 event. The second came in at 53.35 seconds in men’s disabled 400m IT1 event. The third was after he finished 200m in 24.31 seconds.
He has earlier won medals at the 2017 Dubai Paralympics and 2018 national Paralympics.
Gunasekaran now aims at the Tokyo 2020 para Olympics.
“My final trial for selection in 200m for the Tokyo Paralympics will be held in May next year. That is the only obstacle left before me now for getting selected for the Tokyo Games,” he told IANS.