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Suyash Narayan Jadhav

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S7, SB7, SM7

Further personal information

Family
Partner Vahini
Residence
Pune, IND
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English, Hindi
Higher education
Commerce - Fergusson College: Pune, IND

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to swim at age three in Solapur, India.
Why this sport?
He and his family were on an outing to Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple, India, seven months after his accident. He was watching his cousins play in a sacred pond when his father encouraged him to join them. "I had learned swimming when I had both my hands, but I didn't find it too different or difficult to swim even without them. My father was a state level swimmer, so I was always determined to do something in swimming."
Training Regime
He trains in Balewadi, India.

General interest

Hobbies
Music, travelling, reading. (Facebook page, 06 Apr 2019; xploresports.com, 01 Oct 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (xploresports.com, 01 Oct 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (businessworld.in, 29 Aug 2020)
Hero / Idol
His father. (sakaaltimes.com, 15 Oct 2012)
Injuries
He sustained an injury to his left knee three months before the 2018 Asian Para Games. He recovered in time to compete at the Games in Indonesia, but experienced some stiffness in his left knee during the competition. (paralympic.org, 07 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I have learned from my seniors that swimming is only 2% performance. Discipline, dedication, mentality make up the rest." (livemint.com, 03 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
In August 2020 he was presented with the Arjuna Award in India. (businessworld.in, 29 Aug 2020)

In 2019 he was named Para Sportsman of the Year at the Sportstar Aces Awards in India. (sportstar.thehindu.com, 23 Feb 2019)
Famous relatives
His father Narayan Jadhav competed in swimming at national level in India. (livemint.com, 03 Aug 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 07 Sep 2019)
Impairment
He had both arms amputated below the elbow at age 11. "It was one of my cousins' wedding. All of us kids were playing with some steel rods, which were lying around. We were balancing them on our hands. We didn't realise that there were live wires hanging. I got electrocuted by one of them when the rod was in my hands." (livemint.com, 03 Aug 2016)
Other information
CRICKET INSPIRATION
He says he takes inspiration from cricket players to help his mental approach during competitions. "I like cricketers, when they play their stubbornness is tremendous. I like their attitude and that is the thing I use when I compete." (paralympic.org, 07 Sep 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2018 he was appointed as a district sports officer by the Government of Maharashtra in India. (Instagram profile, 19 Feb 2021; timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 06 Sep 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2016-09-09 5
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2016-09-12 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 2016-09-13 6
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2017-12-04 9999
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2017-12-05 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final 1 2017-12-07 4