In a proud moment for India, Madhya Pradesh-born Satyendra Singh has become the first para-swimmer from Asia to cross the English Channel. In an unbelievable feat, Satyendra swam the 34 kms in 12 hours and 26 minutes.
Others who swam the marathon with Satyendra includes Chetan Raut from Maharashtra, Rimo Saha from Bengal and Jagdish Chandra from Rajasthan, reported India.com. Satyendra, who is passionate about swimming earlier made news when he swam 36 kms in the Arabian Sea.
For his achievements, Satyendra was even awarded Madhya Pradesh’s highest honour, the Vikram Award in 2014. Satyendra has won 16 medals in para-swimming competitions across Madhya Pradesh.
In an unfortunate incident, Satyendra’s lower body got affected when he was only two-month-old. He got hit by pneumonia and due to doctor’s negligence, his lower body got paralyzed. But his will to prove his capability and talent was so strong that he didn’t let anything deter his spirit.
It was tough for his family to support his dream of becoming a swimmer as his father is a farmer, who had to sell off his land to afford his treatment.
Satyendra is currently working on the position of Lower Division Clerk in the Cell Tax Department.
Aiming for big, Satyendra’s next target is clinching medals in the Asian Para Games in Jakarta in 2018 and Tokyo Paralympics Games in 2020.