New Delhi, December 08: Kanchanmala Pande, a visually impaired swimmer has created history on Thursday after winning gold at the World Para Swimming Championship, held in Mexico. Pande who hailed from Amravati city of Maharashtra bagged top position in 200 meters medley event in S-11 category.
After registering thumping victory, Kanchanmala, who works with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that securing top position at world championship came as a surprise to her as she was expecting only a good show and a medal in Mexico.
Speaking to Times of India, Pande expressed her happiness and said,”I had prepared well for the World Championship. I was expecting a good show in Mexico and also a medal. But, securing the top position and a gold medal at world championship is surprising. I am really very happy. At the same time, I don’t know how to express it in words.”
Pande also thanked RBI, Nagpur; Sport Ministry of India, Sports Authority of India (SAI); Paralympic Committee of India (PCI); GoSports and her well wishers for her victory. The swimmer also had a tremendous support of her husband Vinod Dekhmukh, who always back her in each of her venture.
Earlier in July, Kanchanmala Pande had hit the headlines after she was forced to borrow money from fellow swimmers during the Para Swimming Championships in Berlin after the funds sanctioned by the Sports Authority of India did not reach her on time.