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Murlikant Petkar

Murlikant Rajaram Petkar
Petkar in 2019
Personal information
Born1 November 1944 [1]
SportSwimming, javelin, slalom, table tennis, shot put, Boxing
Medal record
Freestyle swimming
Representing  India
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1972 Heidelberg 50 m freestyle swimming

Murlikant Petkar is India's first Paralympic gold medalist. He won an individual gold medal in the 1972 Summer Paralympics, in Heidelberg, Germany. He set a world record in the 50 m freestyle swimming event, at 37.33 seconds. In the same games he participated in javelin, precision javelin throw and slalom.[contradictory] He was a finalist in all three events.[2] In 2018, he was awarded with the Padma Shri.[3]


Murlikant Petkar was born on 1 November 1944 in Peth Islampur region of Sangli, Maharashtra.[4] He was private or jawan of the craftsman rank in the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) in the Indian Army.[5] He was disabled during the 1965 war against Pakistan, sustaining severe bullet wounds.[6] Petkar was originally a boxer at EME, Secunderabad. After he was crippled he switched to swimming and other sports.[7] He participated in table tennis at the 1968 Summer Paralympics and cleared the first round. He won four medals in swimming. He was later employed by TELCO in Pune.[8]

In media

Chandu Champion is an upcoming sports film based on his life which is directed by Kabir Khan.[9][10]

See also


  1. ^ "Padmashri Muralikant Petkar – India's First Paralympic Gold Medalist".
  2. ^ "Athlete Search Results". Athletes at the Paralympics. IPC. Archived from the original on 31 August 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Padma awards 2018 announced, MS Dhoni, Sharda Sinha among 85 recipients: Here's complete list". India TV. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Life Journey – Padmashri Muralikant Petkar".
  5. ^ "Sainik Samachar: The Pictorial Weekly of the Armed Forces". Director of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence. 22 May 1981 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Sainik Samachar: The Pictorial Weekly of the Armed Forces". Director of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence. 22 May 1981 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "TOI e-paper article".
  8. ^ "Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation in Asia". 22 May 1973 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "Kartik Aaryan shares the first pic from the sets of Chandu Champion with Kabir Khan". Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  10. ^ "Chandu Champion first look: Kartik Aaryan looks sharp as he turns 'Real Hero'". The Times of India. 1 August 2023. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 1 August 2023.

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