Mohammed Shams Aalam from Bihar Set New National Record in world para swimming

“A legend in making! Bihar’s Mohammed Shams Aalam sheikh has set the new national record in the men’s 200m individual medley SM5 event at the ongoing #worldparaswimming championships 2022 in Portugal. congratulation @iamshamsAalam on your incredible achievement!” Wrote Bihar Foundation, retweeting an MYAS tweet.

A Bihar boy Mohammad shams Aalam sheikh, set a new national record in men’s 200m individual Medley SM5 class at the forthcoming world para swimming championship in Madeira Portugal.

The ministry of youth affairs and sports(MYAS), the government of India and the sports authority of India, among other big individuals and organisations shared their appreciation of this Bihari boy’s feat on social media, and until Thursday evening the Bihar government and sports ministry were most noticeable for their apathy towards it. On Thursday evening, expressed his disappointment stating that if they didn’t recognise me as someone from Bihar or my performance.

Talking about his performance

Aalam, a resident of Rathaus village in Madhubani District clocked 4:39.71, up from his previous record of 4:43.39.that’s also a national record and came in 6th in the heat 1 on Wednesday. In the 2 heats, eight swimmers were competing with the top four swimming toward the final. he secured 10th in the nation’s reserve swimming division for the time being after 2 heats and he was the second reserve swimmer if someone would not qualify to compete in the finals due to sickness.

As he speaks to the media “this will inspire me to do more. I’m hoping to do my best here on the occasion of the Asian para games, I enjoyed this opportunity. I want to learn more about Madeira’s value to people with disabilities .which is taking place later this year from October 9 to 15. I saw a US swimmer without both hands at breakfast today and he was eating with his legs that was so motivating for me.

So even though Aalam missed out on competing in the finals, he came very close to it and in the process bettered his national records in the same category.

Beating all odds this 35-year-old Bihar boy told the media that he is so happy with his performance at the world championship but he is also feeling bad to miss the finals, considering this platform next to Olympics only, but although he is pleased to better his mark there. For a swimmer, it is difficult to improve timing even by a millisecond, so bettering his mark by almost 4 seconds is very satisfying for him.

When asked about upcoming performances in future this paraplegic swimmer said “I am super boosted now, and I am looking forward to improving this record in near future, this exposure will motivate me to do better in Asian para games is later this year with support from all around -my coaches sponsors, friends and all. I hope to perform my best there on the back of this experience.

Malda Aam

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