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17-year-old Pune swimmer double crosses Bangla Channel, sets world record

Sampanna Ramesh Shelar started swimming at about 5 am on Friday and completed the journey of 32.2 kilometres in 9 hours and 10 minutes

ANI  |  Pune 

Sampanna Ramesh Shelar. Photo: ANI
Sampanna Ramesh Shelar. Photo: ANI

Pune-based 17-year-old Sampanna Ramesh has set a world record to double cross the

Shelar, is the first person to swim to and fro from Saint Martin's to Teknaf in also known as the on Friday. An ambitious has now planned to participate in the upcoming competition.

told ANI, "I now eye the upcoming competition to be held in for 81 km".

He started at about 5 am on Friday and completed the journey of 32.2 kilometers in 9 hours and 10 minutes.

"It is my first international solo ocean event. I shall give the entire credit to my Two main problems that I faced were the fishes and high tides. When I was close to ending my swim high tides started coming and they blocked my way for a long time", Shelar added.

Shelar's also expressed his happiness on the achievement of his student who he has been training since Shelar was 13-year-old.

"I have been training Shelar since he was 13-year-old. He started with 40 km/hour speed at where he had set a record. He was supposed to participate in the Bangla competition but as he was abler than others thus we decided to make this record. It is easy to go into the sea but difficult to come back due to high tides"

has been practicing at situated at and this is his maiden international record.

First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 12:08 IST