Hailing from Idukki, Kerala, Sajan Prakash was the only Indian male to represent India in swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He holds a number of national and Asian records and is the first Indian swimmer to breach the FINA ‘A’ Olympic Qualification time when the swimmer set national record timing of 1:56:38 in the 200m butterfly event in the 2021 Sette Colli Trophy in Rome. He began swimming from the age of five and decided to make a career out of it.
Prakash has participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Asian Games (2014 & 2018) and the Commonwealth Games (2014 & 2016).
Prakash is a graduate in Computer Applications and is currently an officer in the Kerala Police.
Age - 27
Sports/Discipline - Swimming
Working Ranking - 119
First Olympic Games - Rio 2016
Asian Indoor Games
Silver – 100m Butterfly Category, 2017, Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)
Indian National Games, Kerala (2015)
- Gold – 100m Butterfly
- Gold – 200m Butterfly
- Silver – 200m Freestyle
- Gold – 400m Freestyle
- Gold – 800m Freestyle
- Gold – 4X100m Relay Freestyle
- Silver – 4X100 Relay Medley
Tokyo Olympics Qualification
Sajan secured a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics automatically with an ‘A’ qualification, becoming the first Indian to do so. The qualification can be regarded as a remarkable achievement considering the swimmer came back after spending eight months out due to a neck injury, adding the COVID-19 pandemic closing down tournaments as well.
After recovering from his neck injury, Sajan set a new record by breaching the Olympic Qualifying Time by setting a record of 1:56:38 in the men’s 200m butterfly event in June. Following his ground breaking performance, the swimmer went on set a new national record in the 200m butterfly event at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome as he broke Virdhawal Khade’s 2010 record and clocking a time of 1:49:73.
2016 Rio Olympics Performance
Sajan Prakash had finished 28th in the 200m butterfly event in the Rio Olympics.