|Birth name||Niranjan Mukundan|
4 September 1994 |
Niranjan Mukundan, also known as N. Mukundan was born on 4 September 1994 in Bangalore, Karnataka. He is an Indian para-swimmer and trains with fellow GoSports Foundation scholar and London 2012 paralympian Sharath Gayakwad, under coach John Christopher.
Niranjan claimed the silver medal twice in 50m butterfly at the Paralympic nationals in Mumbai, 2004–2005 and Kolkata, 2005-2006. At the state aquatic championships, Bangalore he won silver medal in 2007 and bronze in 2009 in Water polo.
2012 was a fruitful year for Niranjan, at the national swimming championship in Chennai, he won three gold medals, one silver in swimming and one bronze in Water polo. Mukundan won his first international medal, a bronze in 200m freestyle at the IDM German Swimming Championship in Berlin.
In 2013 he won further international medals at the IWAS world junior games in Puerto Rico, clinching two silver in 100m freestyle and butterfly along with two bronze medals in 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle. He soon became world number 17. At the 13th para national swimming championship in Bangalore, he won one gold, a silver and two bronze medals.
Niranjan hails from a middle-class family from Bangalore. His father used to work as independent consultant and mother works as a manager with Ernst and Young. Born with a medical condition called Spina bifida and with clubbed feet, he has undergone as many as sixteen surgeries already. He was advised by the doctors to undergo swimming to strengthen his leg muscles. Him mother took him to the swimming club in Jayanagar, Bangalore and it is here that coach John Christopher spotted and promised to turn him into an international level swimmer.
- Paralympic junior nationals
- State Aquatic Championships
- National swimming championship, Chennai.
- IDM, Berlin 2012
- IWAS, Puerta Rico
- Niranjan Mukundan
- IWAS, 2014