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Amputee Suyash guns for a unique feat at National meet
Omkar Paranjape | Monday, 20 March 2017 AT 10:04 PM IST
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Pune: They say adversity brings the best out of you. Suyash Jadhav truly justifies this saying. A double amputee, Suyash has successfully represented India at the Rio Paralympics Games in September last year as he aims for something even bigger.
Suyash now seeks to go a notch higher and scale something higher. In the upcoming National para meet, Suyash will take part in multi-events-making him on-of-his kind athlete.

Apart from swimming, which is his forte, Suyash will be participating in track and field events namely 100m running, 200m running and long jump, making it a unique feat.

Jadhav is a double amputee who lost both his arms after being accidentally electrocuted by unprotected wiring at a construction site when he was in sixth standard. That accident left him bed-ridden in the hospital for six months.

However, despite the mental scars of the injury at such a young age, Suyash took up swimming, a sport that his father also competed in, soon and has never looked back.

“I learnt swimming in a well near my house when I was four. That’s where my love for swimming began,” recalls Suyash.
“My heart is at peace and I forget everything else when I’m in the pool,” he said.

The 22-year-old relocated to Pune for studies in 2011, which enabled him to take enhanced swimming lessons at Tilak swimming tank under Kalpana Agashe.

“Coming to Pune was the perfect lift for my swimming, enabling me to train under Kalpana Agashe, which has brought me all the laurels,” Suyash, a TYBA student at Fergusson College claimed.

“Not only she has improved my results and timings, but she has taught me a disciplined way to live life as well,” said Suyash about his coach and mentor.

The thing that strikes the most about this gritty swimmer is that the number of medals he has won.  Till date, Suyash swam his way to win astonishing 58 medals on state and National level. He was named the best overall swimmer at 2012 National Paralympics held in Chennai, claiming gold medals in backstroke and freestyle.

Jadhav also pointed out that the Rio Paralympics was his first major competition —he’s never participated in the Asian Games or a World Championships. Having returned with a wealth of experience from Rio, Jadhav has now set his sights on claiming a medal at this year’s World Championship in London.

The 22-year-old Suyash, competing in his first Paralympics last year, had set his personal best timings in two of his three events in Brazil. In the 50m butterfly S7 event, Suyash clocked a timing of 33.63s to finish fifth in his heat, while in the 50m freestyle S7 event, he clocked 31.58s in the heats to again finish fifth.

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