Jam. Bajarangi Prasad

Arjuna Award

Diving  1961

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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