Bengaluru, Nov 2 (GCSports) Subedar Anandan Gunasekaran, Para Athlete of Madras Engineering Group & Centre (MEG & Centre) was felicitated here on Saturday for winning three Gold medals in the recently concluded Seventh Military World Games held at Wuhan, China.
Anandan, who won in 100m, 200m and 400m events, on his arrival was taken in an open jeep to the MEG Headquarters where Brigadier TPS Wadhawa, Commandant felicitated him for his achievement, according to a press release here.
Subedar Anandan qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2020 after securing a gold medal in 200m event in recently conducted Handisport Open Paris 2019 (Olympic Qualify Round).
Subedar Anandan, is a battle casualty where he suffered mine blast injury resulting in amputation below left knee and undergone surgery. An artificial leg was specially designed and given during the rehabilitation. He is a keen sportsmen and was subsequently sponsored by Madras Engineering Group & Centre for running blade. In IPC Athletics Grand Prix-2014 held at Tunisia from Jun 12-19, 2014 he won gold in 200m and also participated in 17th Asian Games at Incheon.
He under the supervision & guidance of Madras Engineering Group & Centre Athletic Coach practiced with prosthetic blade in 100m & 200m distance in T44 Category. He later participated in Sri Lanka Army Para Games at Colombo from Sep 16-18, 2015. Indian Army and Paralympic Committee of India had sponsored him for the participating in the event at Sri Lanka where he improved his timing to 12.29 secs in 100m event winning a silver medal.
He went on to bag gold in 200m category where fourteen countries participated in Sri Lanka Army Para Games.
Subedar Anandan is the first Indian Para Athlete in T-44 category to bag medal for the Army in the World Para Military Games and break the Asian record.
In 2018 he participated in Para Asian Games 2018 held at Jakarta from Oct 6-11, 2018 winning silver in 400m and bronze in 200m events. In 7th Military World Games 2019 being conducted at Wuhan, China he won three gold in 100m, 200m and 400m events. He also qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2020 after securing gold medal in 200m event in recently conducted Handisport Open Paris 2019 (Olympic Qualify Round).