In 2014, Sharath Gayakwad created history by winning six medals for India at the 2014 Asian Para-games. He defeated P T Usha’s record of most medals by an Indian in a multi-discipline event.
Sharath won a silver medal at the 200m Individual medley event and followed it up by winning bronze in the 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke and the 50m freestyle. He also went onto win bronze in the team event.
Indian Para-athletics has another prospect in Girisha Nagarajegowda, who won silver in the Men’s High Jump category at the 2014 Paralympics category. He was awarded with the Padma Shri in 2013.