Karnataka: Hands and legs shackled, 66-year-old swims 3.550km | Mangaluru News – Times of India


UDUPI: Well-known swimmer Gangadhar G Kadekar swam 3.550km in 5 hours 35 minutes from Malpe Padukere in Karnataka‘s Udupi, with his legs and hands shackled, to enter the Golden Book of World Records on Monday.
After achieving the feat, he told reporters that he swam like a dolphin but had to struggle a lot as the sea was rougher than expected. Gangadhar entered the sea at 7.50am and completed his feat at 1.25pm. Manish Vishnoi, adjudicator of Golden Book of World Records from Indore, was present to record the session and later declared the record and handed over the provisional certificate.

Kadekar, 66, a former employee of the Regional Transport Office, had made it to the India Book of Records by swimming 1.4km in 73.7 minutes by chaining his legs in the ‘Padmasana’ pose in the sea, at Padukare in Udupi last year. He took up swimming at the age of 50 after his concern over many youngsters drowning in the sea. He has been training youth for the last two years under the Jai Durga Swimming Club.
He has won several medals at state and national-level swimming competitions for masters. He bagged the Udupi district-level Karnataka Rajyotsava Award last year.

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