Born August 11, 1998, Sirish Gurung is a Nepali competitive swimmer. He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,in the men's 100 meter freestyle, and set a new national record. We got to know him and his experiences a little better in an interview.
When did you start swimming?
I started swimming very early; at the age of five.
Did you want to be a swimmer since your childhood?
As a child I was very, very, active, or you may say, hyperactive! So my parents thought I could use that energy in something that calmed me down, which was of course swimming, and since then I have loved every moment in the pool.
Where did you get your training from?
I got my first training at Mahendra Police Club, and then I moved to the Satdobato swimming pool for further training, where I trained with national swimmers.
Which is your favorite memory of the Rio Olympics?
Qualifying for the Rio Olympics itself is my favorite memory. But then, smashing the national record at Rio, and becoming the first Nepali swimmer to achieve that is my best memory.
What is the most difficult thing about swimming?
Early morning training! Getting in the water at 5:00 a.m. when you are still sleepy is the most difficult part of swimming to me. (laughs) Also, swimming in crowded lanes is a struggle in Nepal.
What are your future plans?
I want to help Nepali athletes. I plan to start my foundation called Sirish Foundation that works for the development of sports in Nepal and supports and provides platforms to athletes of remote places. I also want to become a sports doctor, and of course, continue swimming.