Shikha Tandon

Arjuna Award

Swimming  2005

Shikha Tandon (born 20 January 1985) is a champion swimmer from  India. Tandon has won 146 national medals, and 36 medals in international competitions, including five gold medals. 

When she was 12 years old, Tandon was spotted at a state meet, and was selected to compete in two national events, and won a bronze medal. Tandon went on to compete in the Asian Games at the age of 13, and her first World Championship at 16.

In 2002, Tandon finished 8th in the 100 m freestyle event at the 100m freestyle at the Asian Games in Busan.

At the 57th Senior National Aquatic Championship in 2003, Tandon won five individual gold medals in the competition, and was declared best swimmer for the third consecutive year.[4]

At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Tandon competed in both the 50 m and the 100 m freestyle, the first Indian swimmer to qualify for two separate events in an Olympic competition.

In 2005, Shikha held seven national records she was honoured with an Arjuna Award. At the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Tandon reached the semi-finals of both 50 m backstroke and 50 m freestyle. In the same year, she became the first female Indian to win an international medal for a short-course event, taking bronze at the indoor Asian age-group swimming Championships in Bangkok. In 2007 Tandon had surgery on her shoulder, and missed many of the season's events.

Currently, she is a member of USADA’s science team, who assists in the daily operation, development, and maintenance of the resources, reporting, and projects critical to USADA’s scientific initiatives.


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