Sport is not all about winning title or first prize always. It is a kind of accomplishment, a sense of pride and no one knows is better than Vijaya Suresh, a dentist by profession and the proud mother of emerging Indian swimmer Danush Suresh.
Danush, an 18-year old swimmer based-in Tamil Nadu, won two silver medals for India in swimming discipline of 13th SA Games in Kathmandu on Friday respectively in men’s 200m and 100m breaststroke.
For a country that has already won over 70 gold medals in the Games in Kathmandu and boast over 1,150 gold medals overall in 13 editions of the meet, this is not a performance for anyone to take special notice.
But that could do little to stop his mother Vijaya from celebrating wildly at the gallery of the aquatic centre in Kathmandu once his events ended. Vijaya accompanied Danus in Kathmandu with her young daughter and did everything in her capacity to encourage her young son from the gallery.
‘We did not have very high expectations on him, so we are happy to see him winning silver in both events he participated,’ Vijaya said of Danush, who finished behind compatriot Likith Prema in men’s 200m breaststroke.
Danush started swimming at the age of five as part of his treatment for breathing problems and in turn made it part of his life, setting up his first age-level national record at the age of 10.
He first drew a serious attention of India’s swimming officials by winning the gold in the 200m breaststroke at the Youth Olympic Trials in South Africa’s Durban in 2016, the same year he competed Treviso Swim Cup Italy.
He was part of Indian quartet that won silver medal in 4x100m medley relay in 9th Asian Age-group Aquatics Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in the following year.
‘Today he came behind a senior swimmer and we don’t have any complaint about it. In our family we enjoy his every success, doesn’t matter he wins gold or silver,’ said Danush’s mother Vijaya.
‘He is young boy. He won silver today. I am sure he will also win gold in future,’ said Vijaya, who Danush in a recent interview had described as his biggest source of inspiration.
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