Bhakti Sharma an Open Water Swimmer

Bhakti Sharma was born in Mumbai and brought up in Udaipur, Rajasthan. She holds a master's degree from Symbiosis School of Media and Communication, Bengaluru in Communications Management, and holds a bachelor's degree in Commerce from Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Sharma is the first Asian woman and the youngest in the world to set a record in open swimming in Antarctic waters. Sharma swam 1.4 miles (2.3 km) in 41.14 minutes, at a temperature of 1 °C (34 °F), breaking the record of Lynne Cox (USA) and Lewis Pugh (Great Britain). Bhakti Sharma has swum in all the five oceans of the world, besides swimming in or across eight other seas and channels. 

Milestones:

2006: Crossed the English Channel in 13 hours 55 minutes on 6 July at the age of 16 from Shakespeare Beach, Dover England to Calais, France.
2006: Winning the Lake Zurich Swim.
2007: Swam 25 km in Gulf of Mexico as a part of 2007 U.S.A Swimming Open Water Championships in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
2007: Completed the Swim around the Rock (Alcatraz), a race of 6.5 km in the Pacific Ocean.
2007: Won a Gold Medal in Marathon swim around the Key West Island, Atlantic Ocean that made here the first Asian swimmer to     participate in three major American swimming events.
2007: Crossed the Strait Of Gibraltar in the Mediterranean Sea at Tarifa, Spain, considered as one of the most challenging sea courses, in 5 hours and 13 minutes.
2010: Successfully swam a distance of 1.8 km in 33 minutes in the Arctic Ocean, and in the process became the second and youngest swimmer in the World to swim in 4 oceans.

National Swims

2004: Successfully swam a distance of 36 km from Dharamtal to Gateway of India, Indian Ocean in 9 hours and 30 minutes.
2008: Created an Indian record along with her mother Leena Sharma and friend Priyanka Gehlot by covering a distance of 72 km in 16 Hours, 58 minutes from Dharamtal to Gateway of India, Mumbai, and back.


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