Jiya Rai creates a record by swimming 36-km from Bandra-Worli sea link to Gateway of India. Read the full story below.
A 12-year-old Naval Marine Sailors’ daughter Madan Rai has created history in 8 hours and 40 minutes by swimming from Bandra-Worli Sea Connection to the Indian Gateway 36 km away.
Jiya Ria is diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who is devoted to swimming participated in the event to increase awareness of autism, said a statement made by the Defence Department.
Jiya Rai creates a record by swimming 36-km
On 17 February at 3:50 a.m. from Bandra-Worli Sea Connection, she began her record-breaking feat in the early maturing hours and ended at 12:30 p.m. at the Gateway of India.
The swimming event was organised under supervision by the Maharashtra Swimming Association, an organisation approved by the Indian Swimming Federation. It was also connected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports with the Fit India Movement.
On February 17 Jiya was congratulated at an awards ceremony at the Gateway of India in Mumbai by the president of the Greater Mumbai Amateur Aquatic Association, Zarir N Baliwala (GMAAA).
Earlier, Jiya swam in three hours, 27 minutes 30 seconds from Elephanta Island to Gateway of India, and has the world record for the youngest girl with ASD to swim for 14 miles in open water.
History of all time
‘She “created a record as the youngest girl diagnosed with ASD to swim the distance of 36 km in the open sea,” tweeted the PRO Defence Mumbai.
“The message is quite clear by the gritty girl – let nothing stop you from realising your true potential,” it added.
“She commenced her record-setting feat in the early hours of 17 February at 0350 hours from Bandra-Worli Sea Link and completed at Gateway of India at 1230 hours.
The swimming event was conducted under the observation of the Swimming Association of Maharashtra, a recognised body of the Swimming Federation of India.
The event was also associated with FIT India Movement by Ministry of Youth and Sports Affair.,” a statement from the Ministry of Defence said.
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