Punith Nandakumar

  • Sport : Swimming (S7, SB6, SM7)
  • Date of Birth : 15/11/1998
  • Hometown : Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Training Base : Pooja Aquatic Center, Banashankari
  • Nature of Disability : Shortened left Hand


Punith was born with an shortened left hand and started swimming in 2011 since his doctor recommended it as a part of therapy.

His father is a retired Central Airforce officer and both his parents have been extremely supportive. Punith is currently pursuing a degree in electrical engineering from BMS College, Bangalore while managing his time effectively between sports and academics.

He has participated in 6 National Championships since 2012 and has won a medal in all of them. He trains for 11 sessions in a week and for the past 2 years is being coached by his idol and role model, Sharath M Gayakwad - a para swimmer himself.

He is currently ranked 2nd nationally in his category and is highly dedicated. He considers swimming to be more than just a sport and is likely to be a part of the Indian relay team participating in the Para Asian Games as he crossed the MQS (Minimum Qualification Standard) in the individual event.


  • 5 Gold Medals in 50 freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m individual medley at the IDM Berlin, 2017
  • 4 Gold medals and 1 silver medal in 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly,100m backstroke, 200m individual medley at the 16th National Paralympic Swimming Championship, 2017
  • 1 Gold and 3 silver medals in 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke at the 15th National Paralympic Swimming Championship

Tentative Competition Schedule till 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio (7th- 18th September)

Competition Location Date Add Event
Berlin Open - 2016 IPC Athletics Grand Prix Berlin, Germany 13th to 17th July Add to my calendar
IPC Athletics World Grand Prix Final-2016 London, Great Britain 23rd to 24th July Add to my calendar