Indian kid wins Oz swimming event in crocodile-infested waters

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 18:17

New Delhi: Nicknamed the `Little Mermaid`,
12-year-old Indian swimming sensation Swapnali Yadav entered
the Limca Book of World Records after becoming the youngest to
win the Kimberley National Lake Argyle Swim in the crocodile
infested waters of Kununurra, Western Australia.

"Swapnali entered the Limca Book of Records as the
youngest participant in the world and the first Indian to win
the competition," a release said today.

The Mumbai girl won the first Kimberley National Lake
Argyle Swim that was held in Australia`s second-biggest
artificial lake early this month.

The event was organised by Lake Argyle Swim Inc., under
the auspices of the Association of Swimming Australia, the
local Western Australian government, the Department of Sports
and Recreation and world body FINA.

Swapnali was a special invitee for the 20km Open swim in
the 80km picturesque lake in Kununurra, Western Australia that
is 21 times bigger than the Sydney Harbour and is infested
with about 35,000 crocodiles.

Swapnali won the Women`s category, and finished second
overall in the Open category to do India proud.

Swapnali completed the swim in an impressive time of
7:7;24secs.

"It was a real challenge. But I was confident of
completing the swim. I had seen Lake Argyle on the internet
before I thought the swim would be interesting," Swapnali
said.

"My dream is to represent India in the Olympics and swim
the English Channel," she added.

At 12 years, four months and 25 days, Swapnali became the
youngest and the first Indian to win the competition, which
has earned her a place in the Limca Book of Records yet again
after her earlier feats that earned her a place in the record
books.

"Swapnali`s entry attracted plenty of attention. She
braved the crocodiles and was an inspiration to other
swimmers. She is now the `Crocodile Princess`," said Taneille
Anderson, coordinator and president of Lake Argyle Swim Inc.

"Lake Argyle is unique among Australia`s long-distance
swims. In comparison to ocean swims where the horizons are
normally boring, competitors are overawed by the magnificent
landscape," Anderson added.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 18:17

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