Bhakti Sharma

Bhakti Sharma

International Open Water Swimmer

Bhakti is the first Asian woman and the youngest in the world to set a record in open swimming in Antarctic waters. She 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 is the youngest to swim in all the five oceans of the world, a feat which earned her recognition from Prime Minister Modi, besides swimming across eight other seas and channels. She was awarded the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award in 2010. Bhakti holds the Asian record for the first swim by a 3-member women’s relay team across the English Channel. She also shares a world record with her mother for being the first mother-daughter pair to swim across the English Channel, a feat that they achieved in 2008.