Shot & disabled in Mumbai attack, naval commando runs Ladakh marathon
32-year-old Praveen Teotia, a former Naval commando took four bullets during the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. He was hit in the lung and in an ear and became partially deaf and suffered lung damage.
Teotia started participating in marathons and on 9 September participated in the tough 72km-long Khardung La marathon in Ladakh.
He finished well within time and earned a medal.
Teotia was assigned a desk job after he was left disabled but he wanted to show that he was fit enough. Finishing Khardung La is a tough job because the altitude is high and oxygen levels are low.
In 2014, Teotia began marathon training. In 2015, he ran the Mumbai Half Marathon under a different name because he was not sure how the Navy would react if he had failed. In 2016, he ran in the Indian Navy Half Marathon. In March this year, he participated in the Half Iron Man Triathlon in Jaipur, which involves a 1.9km swim, 90km bicycling and a 21km run.
Teotia now plans to participate in a full Iron Man Triathlon, and is looking for ways to fund it.