World Military Games: Anandan Gunasekaran opens India’s account, wins two gold medals

The 32-year-old para-athlete wins the disabled men’s 100m and 400m IT1 events.

File Photo: Anandan Gunasekaran is a 2018 National Para Athletics champion in 200m and 400m.

Para-athlete Anandan Gunasekaran scooped two gold medals in the disabled men’s 100m and 400m IT1 events to open India’s medal account at the 7th CISM World Military Games here on Tuesday.

Gunasekaran clocked 12.00 seconds to win the 100m event, India’s first medal in the ongoing Games. Peru’s Casas Jose was second with a timing of 12.65 while Fajardo Pardo Teodicelo of Colombia took bronze with 12.72 seconds.

Later, the 32-year-old Indian clinched his second gold by clocking 53.35 seconds in the disabled men’s 400m IT1 event. Colombia’s Teodicelo (58.95) and Ranchin Mickael (1:00.31) took the silver and bronze, respectively.

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The IT1 event is competed among ambulant athletes who have single or double below-the-knee amputation or substantial foot to knee damage. The IT4 event is competed among wheelchair participants who have spinal cord injuries or similar impairment but with full trunk function.

 

Gunasekaran is a 2018 National Para Athletics champion in 200m and 400m. He had also won a silver in 400m in the 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai.

Asian shot champion Tajinderpal Singh Toor, who had planned to achieve the Olympic entry standard of 21.10m at the World Military Games, could manage only 20.36m for the sixth place in the event on Tuesday.

Tajinderpal had broken the national record, with 20.92m, at the recent National Open in Ranchi. Brazilian Romani Darlan, who was fourth in the recent Doha Worlds, won the gold with 22.36m.

Muhammed Anas, the national record holder, was fourth (46.86s) in the men's 400m which was won by Bahrain's Asian Games silver medalist Abbas Abubakar (45.84) while his teammate Naser Salwa, the World champion, won the women's 400m in 50.15s.

(With inputs from PTI)