Mumbai Terror Attack Injured Navy Commando Finishes Ladakh Marathon To Prove Fitness

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| September 14 , 2017 , 20:58 IST

A 32-year-old ex-Navy commando, who was earlier certified unfit for service after getting injured during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack has finished a 72 km Khardung La marathon and even won a medal just to prove his fitness.

Praveen Teotia, former marine commando and Shaurya Chakra winner was certified unfit after he was injured during the military operation in Mumbai terror attack as a bullet punctured his lungs.

He was also partially impaired of hearing due to which the Navy gave the officer non-active jobs. Offended by the sidelining, Toetia started participating in marathons to prove the navy wrong and won a medal.

Praveen Teotia hails from a small village named Bhatola from Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr.

He said that the doctors had given up on him but pulled through after spending five months in the hospital.

After being rejected from active commando operations, he was shifted to a desk job but he wanted to work the fields. So, he applied for Navy mountaineering expedition but was rejected there as well.

Teotia told the Times of India, "I bear them no ill-will. They work according to the book and I was in a junior rank. But I wanted everyone to know I was the same man that went into the Taj hotel a commando. I had the right not to be forgotten."

That was when he pledged to prove his health by running in the marathon.

Teotia began his training in for the marathon in 2014 and participated in the 2015 Mumbai Half Marathon under a different name. Then he went on to participated in the Indian Navy half marathon and the Half Iron Man Triathlon in Jaipur.

On Saturday, Teotia finished the Khardung La Challenge and proved that he was at the peak of his physical health. The marathon includes running more than 18,380 ft altitude and finishing the challenge within 14 hours. Teotia however, finished the entire marathon in just 12 hours and 30 minutes.