|Full Name||Bhakti Sharma|
|Profession / Role||Open Water Swimmer|
|Date of Birth||30 Nov, 1989|
|Place of Birth||Mumbai, India|
Bhakti Sharma is an Indian open water swimmer from Udaipur. It is worth noting that Bhakti started swimming from the age of two & a half and was trained by her mother, Leena Sharma. Her first open water (sea) swim in 2003, was a 16 km swim from Uran harbor to Gateway of India, after participating in several state and district level competitions. She was only 14 at that time. Bhakti Sharma holds several world records to her credit in long-distance swimming. She has swum the longest distance of 36 km. Along with her friend Priyanka Gehlot and mother-coach Leena Sharma, she holds the Asian record at the English Channel for the first swim by a 3-member women's relay team. Bhakti also holds a world record with her mother, for the first mother-daughter duo to swim across the English Channel, which they achieved in 2008. In 2010, Bhakti Sharma received the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award from former President Pranab Mukherjee. In January 2015, she made a world record by swimming 2.3 km at a temperature of 1°C (34 ° F) in 41.14 minutes, breaking the records of Lynn Cox (USA) and Lewis Pugh (England) in the Antarctic Ocean. She is the first Asian woman to set a record in open swimming in Antarctic waters and the youngest woman in the world. Bhakti has also held a swimming record in all five oceans of the world. She has mastered swimming in ponds, rivers, seas and oceans.
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