Prasanta Karmakar


BornDecember 8, 1980


Prasanta Karmakar is an Indian Para swimmer. He was born in Kolkata, West Bengal. In 2003, Karmakar became the first disabled swimmer to represent India and win a medal at the World Swimming Championships in Argentina. Since then he has won over a dozen medals at the World events. He was the most decorated Indian swimmer at the 2009 IWAS World Games held in Bangalore winning 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze medal. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, he won a bronze medal which was India’s first ever medal in aquatics at the Commonwealth Games. In the 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou in China, he won a silver medal at 50m Freestyle and a bronze medals in the 200m Individual Medley. Prasanta also won a bronze in the 50m Backstroke in the S9 category at the 2010 International German Swimming Championships for Athletes with a Disability in Berlin, Germany. He is the Asian record holder in 50m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke and also is the National Record holder in four events – 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley. Prasanta Karmakar was honored with the prestigious Arjuna award for 2010 in the disabled sports category.
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