Bhakti became the first Indian woman on Tuesday to achieve this feat, beating the record of British open water swimming champion Lewis Pugh and American swimmer Lynne Cox.
She is also the youngest and the first Asian girl to have achieved this success and has now conquered all the five oceans of the world. Hindustan Zinc sponsored Bhakti in her quest.
“We are very proud of Bhakti Sharma for this rare achievement. The 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,” Akhilesh Joshi, CEO of Hindustan Zinc, said.
Bhakti had been pursuing open water swimming for the last 10 years and also swam across four oceans, eight channels and seas. This also is a world record. In 2010, she was awarded the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award. – From The Daily News Analysis