14 Sep 1993
United Arab Emirates

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
SWM Swimming Men's 200m Freestyle  
Men's 100m Butterfly  
Men's 200m Butterfly  


Start Time Location Event Status
Tokyo Aquatics Centre
Tokyo Aquatics Centre

Biographical Information


Olympic Games
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRAH (1:59.37)

World Championships
YearLocation200Free1500Free100Fly200Fly4x100Free M
2019Gwangju, KORH (1:52.34)-H (54.30)H (1:58.45)-
2017Budapest, HUN--H (54.46)H (2:00.57)-
2015Kazan, RUS-H (15:45.29)-H (2:01.63)H (3:28.96)

Asian Games
YearLocation100Fly200Fly4x100Free M4x200Free4x100Medley M
2018IndonesiaH (54.06)5th (1:57.75)8th (3:25.34)7thH (3:44.94)

Asian Championships
YearLocation100Fly200Fly4x100Free M4x100Medley M
2016Tokyo, JPN7th (54.38)5th (1:59.84)8th (3:30.71)H (3:53.46)

World Championships Short Course
2018Hangzhou, CHNH (1:47.66)H (23.97)H (51.97)H (1:53.20)-
2016Windsor, ON, CAN--H (52.93)H (1:56.73)H (2:03.54)

Free - Freestyle, Back - Backstroke, Breast - Breaststroke, Fly - Butterfly, IndMed - Individual Medley, SF - Semifinal, H - Heats, DNS - Did Not Start, M - Men, W - Women, X - Mixed, DSQ - Disqualified, [Relay athlete without time] - Did not swim in final
Indian Michael Phelps (, 14 Jul 2016)
Athlete, Police Officer
Computing - Annamalai University, Chidambaram, IND
English, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil
Pradeep Kumar [national], IND
His mother VJ Shantymol represented India in athletics. (, 13 Sep 2019;, 24 Jul 2015)
In 2020, he was troubled by a shoulder injury. (, 11 May 2021)

He began experiencing pain in his neck prior to the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. The problem worsened over the remainder of the year, and in December 2019 he was diagnosed with a herniated disc. He underwent rehabilitation for much of 2020. (, 07 Jul 2020;, 30 Jun 2020;, 08 Jun 2020)

He injured his shoulder at the 2016 South Asian Games in India. (, 14 Jun 2017)

He contracted typhoid two months before the Indian selection trials for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. He recovered in time to qualify for the Games. (, 17 Jun 2014)
He first tried swimming at age six. "When I was 17 I found that I was making very good progress and that's why I wanted to make a full-time career out of swimming." (, 01 Nov 2020;, 14 Jun 2017)
His mother wanted him to be active when he was younger, and would bribe him with chocolate to take part in sports such as swimming, tennis and football. At age 10, he started taking an active interest in swimming after winning a medal at a local competition. "I think I was around 11 or 12 when I had to choose a sport. The body type required in aquatics is very different from the one required in track and field. And since I had flat feet, I chose swimming." (, 13 Sep 2019;, 14 Jun 2017;, 18 Jul 2014)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. After he retires from competitive swimming, he would like to become a coach. (, 01 Oct 2018)
In August 2020 he began training at Aqua Nation Sports Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (, 11 May 2021;, 25 Mar 2021)
Placing 11th in the 200m butterfly at the 2018 World Short Course Championships in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China. (, 07 Jul 2020)
US swimmer Michael Phelps, South African swimmer Chad le Clos, Japanese swimmer Daiya Seto. (, 18 Nov 2015)
His mother, and coaches Pradeep Kumar, Saji Sebastian and Joy Joseph Thoppan. (, 07 Jul 2020;, 23 Nov 2017;, 26 Oct 2015)
"Some people swim to represent the national team, some for a job and some for the money. I am past that phase and now I swim for myself." (, 01 Oct 2018)
He was named Best Male Swimmer of the 2018 National Championships in Trivandrum, India. (Facebook page, 25 Sep 2018;, 23 Sep 2018)

He was named Best Male Athlete of the 2015 National Games in Kerala, India. (, 17 Feb 2015)

General Interest

He says that when he returned to training in August 2020 at his new training base at the Aqua Nation Sports Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, following his break for a herniated disc and the COVID-19 pandemic, he felt like he had to start from scratch. "I resumed my personalised training regimen, which was a day that I will never forget. I was returning to the pool after six long months. When I jumped into the water I felt rigid and heavy. I thought I had reached a dead end and had to start again from the beginning." He had previously trained under coach Miguel Lopez at an International Swimming Federation [FINA] training centre in Phuket, Thailand, but left due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "I was happy to rejoin coach Pradeep Kumar [in Dubai] as I was in desperate need of some motivation. I could also meet my mother in Dubai. We were seeing each other after two years." (, 11 May 2021)

After being diagnosed with a herniated disc in late 2019, he was told he could either undergo surgery or physiotherapy to treat the problem. He opted for physiotherapy as he believed surgery could have ended his career. "Over the course of 2019, I'd suffered a slipped disc in my neck. It got so bad that I wasn't able to move my left arm before the South Asian Games in December. The doctors told me I could either try to recover through physiotherapy and exercise, or get surgery. But with the second option, my sports career was as good as over. It wasn't a good way to prepare for the Olympics, but you have to push yourself through these things." In mid-2020 he was still recovering and said the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo had worked to his advantage. "The big plus is that I don't have to rush my recovery from the injury. Earlier, I didn't have an option. The Olympics were in July [2020] and I had to push myself at the risk of aggravating my injury." (, 07 Jul 2020;, 30 Jun 2020;, 08 Jun 2020)

He says he paid close attention to the elite swimmers around him at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "Like anybody, the Olympics was my childhood dream which came true. I did not know much about the world of swimming before that. I could see a lot of improvements that could happen after seeing the other swimmers there. And I was more interested in learning from them and trying to improve. After seeing those swimmers, I could relate to a lot of the things that my coaches had been telling me, which I then wanted to use to improve my own swimming." (, 14 Apr 2021)

In 2019 he was appointed as an inspector at the Police Training College of Kerala Police in India. (, 01 Nov 2020;, 02 Aug 2019)

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