Mumbai girl swims to glory in US

Mumbai: Eleven-year-old Swapnali Yadav has added another feather to her cap by winning the under-18 10-mile course Kingdom Aquafest open swimming competition held on the shores of Lake Memphremagog at Newport Vermont, USA.

Taking to the waters in near perfect conditions at Prouty Beach, for female youth category, the Mumbai school girl from suburban Andheri completed the race, held on July 24, in an impressive time of 6 hours, 23 minutes, 13 seconds time.

Swapnali had caught the eye of the organisers by becoming the youngest-ever participant in the 2007 Open World Swimming Marathon and the 30km Messinikos Gulf Swim in 2008-09, both in Greece, and the 2009 Bermuda Round the Sound Open Swimathon.

"This was the most toughest swim I have participated in as yet. The 30-km that I had covered in Greece and the 10kms in Bermuda were in ocean water, where I was aided by water currents. Besides, the water was salty and hence light," she told reporters.

"The water at the Prouty Beach was steady and sweet. I had to take more efforts as I was neither assisted by the currents and the water was heavier," she said.

"Once again, it was a rich experience. Most of the swimmers were top class. Some were Channel swimmers and former Olympians, she said.

However, this was not the only challenge that the class VII student of the Bombay Cambridge High School, Andheri, who was the youngest and the only Indian in the competition.


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