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Meet Visually-impaired Kanchanmala Pande Who Made India Proud By Winning World Para Swimming Championship

Written By Veda Ramaswamy | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Visually-impaired swimmer Kanchanmala Pande created history in December 2017 by becoming the first Indian to win gold at the World Para Swimming Championship in Mexico. Find out all about her and her historic feat as she speaks to Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami

Visually-impaired swimmer Kanchanmala Pande created history in December 2017 by becoming the first Indian to win gold at the World Para Swimming Championship in Mexico.

Kanchanmala Pande, who is a government employee, has competed successfully with sighted swimmers at several competitions.

Pande has also participated in international events including Commonwealth Games 2006 in Australia and Para-Asian Games 2010 in China, among others.

In July 2017, Pande, who was participating in the Para Swimming Championships in Germany, was forced to borrow in Berlin after the money sanctioned for her did not reach her. Despite the odds, Pande ended up winning silver and qualifying for the World Championships.

On Republic Day, as part of the #ProudToBeIndian campaign, Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami spoke to Kanchanmala Pande. She shared her challenges, her inspiration and her unbelievable journey to creating history. Watch the full interview in the video above.

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