Visually impaired Kanchanmala wins Gold
First Indian to achieve the feat at the World Para Swimming Championship in Mexico
Making her place in history, 26-year-old visually-impaired swimmer Kanchanmala Pande became the first Indian to win gold at the World Para Swimming Championship last week in Mexico.
Hailing from Amravati and a resident of Nagpur, Pande, stood at the first place in the 200 meters medley event in S-11 category. Following her win, she told the media, that she had prepared well for the World Championship and expected a good show in Mexico and also a medal. But securing the top position and a gold medal at world championship is pleasantly surprising.
Pande, who works with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), was selected to represent India in Mexico after her impressive performance at the IDM Berlin Para Swimming Championship held in July in Germany. Despite facing hardships in Germany, where she had to borrow money when the funds sanctioned by the government for the tour did not reach her, she overcame all odds and won the silver medal in the 200m individual medley event, qualifying for the World Championships.
In Berlin, she also broke the qualifying mark in 100m Freestyle (1:34:00), 100m Backstroke (1:41:00) and 100m Breaststroke (2:01:00). She missed the top three finish by a small margin in 100 meters freestyle and finished fourth. She was fifth fastest in 100 meters breaststroke and backstroke.
Sanjay M Bhaire
(The author is Editor-In-Chief, Across State News)
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