Indian swimmer Bhakti Sharma sets world record in Antarctic Ocean
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS): Open water swimming champion Bhakti Sharma of India set a world record by swimming 1.4 miles in 52 minutes in one degree temperature in the Antarctic Ocean.
Bhakti Tuesday became the first Indian woman to achieve this feat, beating the record of British open water swimming champion Lewis Pugh and American swimmer Lynne Cox.
She is the youngest and the first Asian girl to have achieved this success and has now conquered all the five oceans of the world. Bhakti’s effort is part of her drive to spread awareness about female education in India.
Hindustan Zinc sponsored Bhakti in her quest.
"We are very proud of Bhakti Sharma for this rare achievement. The whole country is proud of her and particularly girls who would be seeing her as inspiration to join swimming. Her achievement only proves that given the right support and opportunities, India can produce many such talents," Akhilesh Joshi, CEO of Hindustan Zinc, said.
Bhakti had been pursuing open water swimming for the last 10 years and also swam across four oceans, eight channels and seas, which itself is a world record.
In 2010, she was awarded the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award.