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Para-swimmer Sharath Gayakwad broke 28-year old record of P T Usha at Asian Para Games

Oct 27, 2014 12:10 IST

Para-swimmer Sharath Gayakwad on 26 October 2014 broke the 28-year old record of P T Usha of winning the most medals at a multi-discipline event by an Indian. He achieved this feat at Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea.

At the games, Sharath Gayakwad won 6 medals, thus breaking the record held by PT Usha. She had won 5 medals at the 1986 Asian Games held in Seoul, South Korea.
Sharath won the medals in following events

200 m Individual Medley Silver
100 m Butterfly  Bronze
100 m Breaststroke  Bronze
100 m Backstroke  Bronze
50 m Freestyle  Bronze
4x100m Medley Relay Bronze

Sharath won the Bronze medal in 4x100m Medley Relay with teammates Prasanta Karmakar, Swapnil Patil and Niranjan Mukundan.

P T Usha, called Payyyoli Express and queen of track & field events, had won the medal in following events in 1986 Asian Games

200 metres  Gold
400 metres  Gold
400 metres hurdles  Gold
4x400 metres relay  Gold
100 metres  Silver

About Sharath Gayakwad

Sharath Gayakwad is an Indian Paralympic swimmer from Bangalore. He has over 30 international and 40 national medals to his credit, one of them being the bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Para Games.

He is also the first Indian swimmer to qualify for the Paralympics and competed in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London.

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