In yet another proud moment, para-athlete Anandan Gunasekaran has won two gold medals in the disabled men’s 100m and 400m IT1 events at the World Military Games in Wuhan.
Gunasekaran had clocked 12.00 seconds to clinch the 100m event and quite interestingly this is India’s first medal in the ongoing Games. Peru’s Casas Jose followed up next, clocking 12.65 while of Fajardo Pardo Teodicelo of Colombia settled for bronze with 12.72 seconds.
Later, the 32-year-old scripted history by winning 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) scooped silver and bronze medal respectively.
It should be noted that IT1 event is conducted among ambulant athletes who have single or double below-the-knee amputation or foot to knee damage. The IT4 event is competed among wheelchair contestants who have spinal cord injuries or similar impairment but with full trunk function.
It is worth mentioning here that Gunasekaran is a 2018 National Para Athletics champion in 200m and 400m category. He had also bagged a silver in 400m in the 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai.