Anandan Gunasekaran has emerged victorious in the Disabled Men’s 100m IT1 event. The Indian national bagged the nation’s first gold at the Military World Games 2019, held in the capital of Hubei Province in Wuhan, China.
The seventh Military World Games is being held in China for the very first time and it is also the largest military sports event to be held in China, with over 10,000 athletes from over 140 countries participating in 27 different sports. The games are organized by the Military Sports Commission of China, Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China and the military commands Army in accordance with CISM regulations and the rules of the International Sports Federations.
Anandan Gunasekaran is no stranger when it comes to winning track events. He bagged a silver medal in 400 meters and a bronze medal in 200 meters in the T44/T62/64 classification at the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, held in 2018. He won the silver medal in the 400m at the 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix and 400m gold and 200m silver at the IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships, which was held in 2016.
Anandan started off his career by being an able-bodied athlete competing in sprint events. He started his defense career with the Army in 2005. In 2008, while serving in the LOC in J&K, he sustained an injury in a mine blast resulting in below-knee amputation. He was inspired to take up para-sports after reading about Oscar Pistorius.
In 2012, Anandan started competing in 100m and 200m sprint events with a wooden leg. His promising performances in 2016 and early 2017 saw him shortlisted and eventually selected for support under the GoSports Foundation Para Champions Programme 2017-18.
His incredible journey continues as he sets his focus on the 2020 Paralympics.