Indian Open swim team attempts world record

.......The previous record was held by a team from Israel for swimming a total distance of 380 kms in 123.2 hrs. To beat this record, the six-member Indian Open Water swim team - The Sea Hawks - set off from Dona Paula in Goa last Friday and were all set to swim a distance of 490 kms along the Konkan coastline and reach Gateway of India in Mumbai on Thursday in 156 hours. But owing to strong winds and warnings of high tides, the team culminated just short of Gateway of India clocking a total distance of 433.11 kms instead.

Bhakti Sharma Swims in Antarctic Ocean

New Delhi: Open water swimming champion Bhakti Sharma of India set a world record by swimming 1.4 miles in 52 minutes in cold temperatures in the Antarctic Ocean.

Bhakti on Jan. 13 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, according to information received here.

33-year-old sets Indian record with Strait of Gibraltar swim

PUNE: One of the many things that stand out about long-distance swimmer Amol Adhav is his resting pulse rate. It is 52, which means the 33-year-old doesn't get tired easily.

A normal human's average resting heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. A lower heart rate at rest implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness.

On May 19, the swimmer from Nigdi crossed the Strait of Gibraltar — a stretch of 17.6km from Spain to Morocco — in four hours and 59 minutes. In 2011, Adhav had crossed the English Channel in an Indian record time of 10 hours and 56 minutes. The Gibraltar feat is his seventh big accomplishment. "Endurance is my strength," said Adhav, who works at Tata Motors. "For someone hailing from the Pune-Mumbai region, it's a really good performance," he added.

But he rues the fact that there are no practise facilities in India for sea swimming. "I practise at a swimming pool in Pimpri, six hours each in morning and evening for a big event. Europeans practise in the sea twice on Sundays and in the pool on weekdays," Adhav added. The Pimpri facility is not even an Olympic-size standard pool.

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Atharva Rakshe (16 years) became first & only swimmer to swim 24 K distance across Gate Way of India to Belapur Jetty in Arabian Sea. He took 4 hrs 49 min to complete this grueling task. Atharva jumped into water at 7.21 am from Gate Way of India and touched the land at 12 pm.

But Dr. Daya Rakshe, mother of a swimmer, is just not only proud of her son’s feat but to prove that her son can stand tall in society although having dyslexia conditions.  Atharva, in his childhood was considered as lazy or slow learner by his fellows. Doctor Diagnosis his dyslexia conditions on later stage. So he was enrolled for swimming classes for hand-eye co-ordination. Even I was un-aware of his conditions and hence had to shout at him during competitive training. However, he shown a great progress and won many medals at various levels. Considering his reserved, calm and introvert personality, we decided to put him into Open Water Swimming and he much liked it.

28# Summer Universiade -Gwangju 2015, South Korea

Friday, 3 July, 2015 (All day) to Tuesday, 14 July, 2015 (All day)

10 km It will be held on July 11, 2015 at the Jangseong Boating Complex

Abu Dhabi to host open water swimming event

‘We are expecting a strong competition this year,’ says federation general secretary Abdullah Al Wahibi.

Abu Dhabi: The UAE Swimming Federation, as a part of the ongoing Marine Festival, have organised the President’s Cup open water swimming event for December 7. In all, 14 teams will be taking part in the competition that will see around 300 swimmers take to the waters at the Abu Dhabi Corniche.

Another big one for Trent Grimsey

Trent Grimsey is without a doubt one of the greatest open water swimmers on the planet.  He’s the swam the English Channel faster than anyone, he’s won the FINA Grand Prix series and stood a top many podiums during his career. A couple of months ago he announced his retirement from open water swim racing.  However, a great athlete like Trent can’t be held back. He’s taken a courageous look at himself and realizes he’s got a lot more racing inside of him. So next up he’s got an eye on something truly mind-blowing; competing in 2015 Enduroman Arch to Arc Ultra Triathlon.  Here’s what Trent has to say about the next step in his athletic career:

German wins as 2,000 take harbor plunge

Germany's gold-medal winning open water swimmer Christian Reichert, 28, became the first international winner of the annual Hong Kong Cross-Harbour swim.

Reichert, who won gold at the 2013 FINA World Championships in the five kilometers team pursuit relay, completed the gruelling race in choppy waters in 15 minutes and 45 seconds yesterday. Brazil's Poliana Okimoto won the international female category, finishing just 11 seconds behind Reichert.