An Indian swimmer has set the world record by traversing 1.4 miles in 52 minutes at Antarctic ocean. Bhakti Sharma
is now the youngest open swimmer in the world and the first Asian women to achieve the feat.
Facing a more than hostile temperature of one degree celcius, Bhakti Sharma broke the previous world record held jointly by British open water swimmer Lewis Pugh and American swimmer Lynne Cox.
An open water swimmer who comes from the desert land of Rajasthan, India, Bhakti Sharma was introduced to deep waters by her mother-cum-coach, Leena Sharma at two and a half years of age.
Twenty one years of hard work later, she holds the distinction of being the youngest female swimmer in the world to swim in 5 oceans (Indian, Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic and now Antarctic) and 7 seas.
Akhilesh Joshi, the Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Zinc, said, “We are very proud of Bhakti Sharma for this rare achievement. 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.
Bhakti, is also a recipient of Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. She expressed her gratefulness towards Udaipur-based Hindustan Zinc for supporting her when she had lost hope for her mission and needed the support. She has been pursuing open water swimming for the last 10 years.