14-year-old Indian golfer wins gold at Special Olympics World Games

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2015 10:10 IST

Indian golfer Ranveer Singh Saini has become the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. Saini, a 14-year-old autistic golfer claimed the medal in GF Golf-Level 2 Alternate Shot Team Play event on Friday.

Ranveer and his partner Monica Jajoo were nine shots clear of joint second-placed pairs Tsz Leung Chung and Ka Kit Lam from Hong Kong and Takefumi Hiyoshi and Tadatoshi Sakai from Nippon. Teams from 21 nations were part of the event.

The gold medal at the Special Olympics comes two years after he became the first Indian golfer to win two gold medals at the Asia Pacific World Games.

Saini was diagnosed with autism a neurological disorder characterised by impaired social interaction at the age of 2. He started playing golf at the age of nine. His achievements achievments as a golfer have even included him in the Limca Book of Records.

The glorious moment...Monica Saini Jajoo....winning the GOLD in golf in special Olympics. ......kudos to you and ranveer for making us feel so special on friendship day...

Posted by Pradeep Anand Singh on Friday, July 31, 2015

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