Sajan Prakash

India IND

Swimming

  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Rio 2016
  • Year of Birth
    1993
Olympic Results

Biography

Sajan Prakash

Sajan Prakash will always be remembered as the first Indian swimmer to win a direct qualification to the Olympics.

At the 2021 Sette Colli trophy in Rome, Sajan Prakash clocked 1:56.38 seconds - a new national record - in the men's 200m butterfly event.

The timing was under the Olympic Qualification Time (OQT) of 1:56.48 seconds for the event and helped him secure a berth at the Tokyo Olympics.

At Tokyo 2020, Sajan Prakash, who also swam at Rio 2016, is set to become the first Indian swimmer to participate in two Olympic Games. His Rio spot, however, was granted under the universality quota and didn’t come through direct qualification.

Sajan Prakash’s Tokyo qualification in Italy, hence, was a first for Indian swimming and the culmination of years of hard work.

Born on September 14, 1993, in Idukki, Kerala, Sajan Prakash was introduced to sports early by his mother V Shantymol, who was a former track-and-field athlete.

The organisation where Shantymol worked at had a swimming pool and Sajan Prakash first dived in when he was five-years-old. Swimming would soon become his life’s dedication.

Sajan Prakash initially enrolled at the Neyveli City Swimming Club in Tamil Nadu but soon moved to Bengaluru to train under renowned swimming coach Pradeep Kumar.

A short course swimmer in his early days, Sajan Prakash shifted focus to long course events like the 200m butterfly and the medley on Pradeep Kumar’s insistence.

Sajan Prakash represented India at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2014 but he shot to fame a year later, at the 2015 National Games.

Representing Kerala, the Indian swimmer won a record-breaking eight medals - six golds and two silvers. 

In 2015, Sajan Prakash earned a FINA scholarship from the official swimming body to train in Thailand.

The next year, Sajan Prakash won three gold medals at the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati, claiming top honours in men’s 200m butterfly, 1500m freestyle and 4x200m relay.

Sajan Prakash was nominated for Rio 2016 under the universality quota and finished 28th in the 200m butterfly heats, failing to make it through to the finals.

The Indian swimmer continued to work hard in Thailand and after the COVID pandemic restricted his training time, he moved to Dubai with an eye on qualifying for Tokyo 2020.

A rigorous training regimen in Dubai under the watchful eyes of Pradeep Kumar helped Sajan Prakash break three national records - 100m backstroke, 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle - in as many days at the 2021 Sette Colli trophy in Rome.

Sajan Prakash’s Italian campaign also earned him his historic ticket to the Olympics based on merit and not on quotas.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Tokyo 2020

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Men's 100m Butterfly
Men's 100m Butterfly Swimming
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Men's 200m Butterfly
Men's 200m Butterfly Swimming
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Men's 200m Freestyle
Men's 200m Freestyle Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rio 2016

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200 metres Butterfly
200 metres Butterfly Swimming