HIGHLIGHTS – “World Para Swimming Championship”
- Kanchanmala secured the top spot in 200 meters medley event in S-11 category
- She was expecting a medal at Mexico but a gold medal was totally magical.
- She missed the podium finish in 100m freestyle by a whisker
Nagpur City’s visually impaired swimmer kanchanmala Pande scripted history for India on Thursday. Kanchanmala became the first Indian to win the gold medal in the World Para Swimming Championship.
She created ripples in the ongoing championship in Mexico and secured the top spot in 200 meters medley event in S-11 category. Kanchanmala, who works with Reserve Bank of India (RBI), was expecting a medal at Mexico but a gold medal was totally unexpected.
“I had prepared well for the World Para Swimming Championship. I was expecting a good show in Mexico and also a medal. But, securing the top position and a gold medal at world championship is surprising. I am really very happy. At the same time, I don’t know how to express it in words,” Kanchanmala,
The 26-year-old Reserve Bank of India employee won gold in the 200 metre medley event in the S-11 category, and was also the only indian to qualify for the women’s category. Unfortunately, she missed a podium finish in the 100 metres freestyle and came fifth in the breaststroke and backstroke category.
Back in July, Pande, who was participating in the Para Swimming Championships in Germany, was left with no option but to beg in Berlin after the government money sanctioned for her tour did not reach her. Despite the odds, Pande ended up winning silver and qualifying for the World Championships.