Bajrangi Prasad Shukla of the Army was the first person to win Arjuna Award in Swimming (diving). He was born on 3rd of March 1929 in a village in Patna, Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh.
With athletic physique and good height, he joined the Bengal Engineer Group of the Indian Army and soon established himself as a World-Class Diver
Swimming earned him fast promotions as well as national recognition. He was a high board diving National Champion in late 50's-early 60's. He was holding the rank of Jamedar in the Army when he was selected in 1961 to receive the first-ever Arjuna Award given to a Swimmer.
He retired from the Army in 1979 as Honorary Captain and Subedar Major. After his successful sports career, as a natural choice to coach the budding divers, he coached both the Services and the National Teams and also served as an instructor at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala.
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