swimming Current Affairs - 2019
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Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has chosen Japanese woman swimmer Rikako Ikee (18) as winner of Most Valuable Player (MVP) Trophy Award in 2018 Jakarta and Palembang Asian Games. With this, she became first female winner of MVP award, which OCA introduced at 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand. She was presented with trophy and $50,000 cheque.
Rikako Ikee was recognized as MVP for winning 6 gold and 2 silver medals. She had won gold medals in 50m butterfly, 100m fly, 50m free, 100m free, 4x100m free and the 4x100m medley events and silver medals in 4 x 200m freestyle and mixed medley relays. She is first female athlete in any sport to win six gold medals at a single Asian Games. So far, Only North Korean shooter So Gin-man, who had won seven golds and silver at 1982 Asian Games held in New Delhi, India. With eight medals in total, Ikee has equalled record medal haul in single Asian Games held by North Korean shooter So Gin-man. Ikee is fourth Japanese athlete to win this award since its inception. Previously, three swimmers had won this award: Kosuke Kitajima (Japan) in 2002, Park Tae-hwan (South Korea) in 2006 and Kosuke Hagino (Japan) in 2014.
Para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan has won eight medals at the recently-concluded IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports) U-23 World Games held in Prague, Czech Republic.
Of the 8 medal’s Niranjan bagged three gold medals in 50m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke events. He won two silver medals in 100m fly and 50m freestyle, and three bronze medals in 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke events.
Earlier in the 2015 edition of the IWAS Games, Niranjan had created a record for highest number of individual medals, raking in 10 medals in all the events that he participated in.
About Niranjan Mukundan
- Niranjan was born on 4 September 1994 in Bangalore. He is an Indian para-swimmer.
- He was born with a physical deformity called Spina Bifida (a birth defect in which there is incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord).
- Presently, GoSports Foundation supports his sporting endeavour through its Para Champions Programme.
- Awards and Honours: Junior World Champion (2015), National Award for Best Sports-person of the Year (2015) and Ekalavya Award (2016).