After achieving international feat lakecity’s eminent swimmer Bhakti Sharma and mother Leena Sharma once again made city proud. This time their courageous feat of crossing the English Channel has been included in the Limca Book of Records as the only mother-daughter duo to achieve in the world.
Leena Sharma said, “With the arrival of the certificate, we were filled with compliments and warm wishes from the loved ones. Crossing the English Channel has always been a dream for both of us which was supported by Bhakti’ father Chandrashekhar Sharma fully.”
She added, “After regular practice in Udaipur, we crossed 72 Km in Arabia Sea from Gateway of India in 18 hours which is still an unbreakable record.”
Mother daughter duo talked about their first attempt of crossing the English Channel from England to France, covering 36 Km on 13th July. Due to increased wind speed and waves, the swimmers had to swim for 45 Km and had to face physical challenges during the first attempt. After swimming for 9 hours, they took the advice from the ship captain Andy King and halted their swim.
Generally, the swimmer takes 30 days break after swimming in the English Channel but the ambitious mother-daughter duo after 10 days set the record on 23rd July 2008 in 18 hours.
Bhakti Sharma is the youngest swimmer to have crossed all the 7 seas and 5 oceans of the world including English Channel, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean etc. She has several records and achievements in the field of swimming to have been awarded from the central government as well.