‘I hope I can better my performance’

Suyash Jadhav was named Parathlete Sportsman of the Year at the Sportstar Aces Awards supported by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, in association with MRF.

Suyash Jadhav clocked his best timing at the Para Asian Games in 2018.   -  Vivek Bendre

"I feel extremely proud and happy to receive the Parathlete of the Year award from Sportstar. The year 2018 was one of extremes. On one side I suffered a lot, going through a bad injury phase, while on the other side all that pain was overshadowed when I clocked my best timing at the Para Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta to become the first Indian para swimmer to win a gold medal at the Para Asian Games,” Suyash Jadhav, who jointly received the Parathlete Sportsman of the Year award with shuttler Manoj Sarkar at the Sportstar Aces Awards supported by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, in association with MRF, said.

Suyash lost both his arms due to accidental electrocution when he was in Class 6, but continued pursuing his passion for swimming.

He was the lone Indian swimmer to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympics and registered best timings in two of his three events.

In 2018, the 24-year-old swimmer made history at the Asian Para Games by becoming the first Indian to win three medals in any major international event. He won a gold in the men’s 50m butterfly event, bronze medals in the men’s 200m individual medley and 50m freestyle event in the S-7 category.

“I hope I can better my own performance in 2019,” Jadhav said.