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Udupi: Gangadhar, age 65, sets a world record by swimming for 5hrs with hands and legs chained

On Monday, January 24, Gangadhar from Kadekar set a Golden Book of World Records by swimming 3550 meters in the water for five hours with his hands and legs tied. He went for a five-and-a-half-hour swim without pausing He jumped into the water at 7.50 a.m. from Udupi’s Padukere beach coast and arrived at his destination at 1.20 p.m. Soon after Gangadhar reached the shore, an official from the Golden Book of World Records who was on hand to witness the achievement awarded a provisional certificate on the spot.

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Another remarkable fact about international swimmer Gangadhar is that at the age of 60, he became an expert in the water. In the last five years, he has smashed national and international records at the age of 65. He has taught swimming to over a thousand individuals. Gangadhar is proof that accomplishments may be attained at any age. Today, Gangadhar has established a very noteworthy record. His name will be inscribed in the Golden Book of World Records for all time. It is a breakthrough historical moment and a shining example for all.

He has taken part in state and master aquatic championship state-level competitions and won 31 gold, 16 silver, and nine bronze medals in the competitions from 2009 to 2019. He has won three gold medals and four bronze medals in swimming competitions held by the Swimming Federation of India and the Master Games Federation of India. He has won three bronze medals and three gold medals in national competitions held by the Master Games Federation of India. He is the first swimming coach who obtained training in coaching in level one and level two divisions of the ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association). He founded the Jai Durga Swimming Club at Kadekar and provided training in swimming to men and women of all ages.

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