10-yr-old swim­ming prodigy makes waves

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

URAN: Raj Patil, 10, from Uran swam across eight open wa­ter sea routes in a month, cre­at­ing a record . The na­tional record is soon to be reg­is­tered in the Limca book of records.

The last of his feats was on Mon­day when he jumped into the sea at 2.45am from Be­la­pur jetty and swam to the Gate­way of In­dia, a dis­tance of 25km in 10 hours and 8 min­utes.

His other seven swims in the month in­clude Ke­gaon beach to Kanoji An­gre is­land (24 km) on Novem­ber 1, Mora Jetty to Gate­way of In­dia and re­turn (24 km) on Novem­ber 4, Ele­phanta is­land to Mandva Jetty (21 km) on Novem­ber 8, Re­was Jetty to Bhaucha Dhakka (22 km) on Novem­ber 15, Mandva Jetty to

Gate­way of In­dia (17 km) on Novem­ber 18, Raj Bha­van Mum­bai to Gate­way of In­dia (15 km) on Novem­ber 21, Re­was jetty to Mora port (22 km) on Novem­ber 25.

Raj is the son of in­ter­na­tional swimm­ner San­tosh. Study­ing in class 5 in Ken­driya Vidyalaya, Raj too wants to be­come a suc­cess­ful swim­mer like his fa­ther.

That is why he de­cided to swim in the coastal ar­eas and fi­nally de­cided to try make it into the record books.

San­tosh, him­self a swim­ming coach and whose fam­ily has swum sev­eral chan­nels in the coun­try, said, “He is mentally very strong and has a great stamina. We re­alised early that he has great po­ten­tial and hence pre­pared him for the feat.”

The fa­ther said that he is speak­ing to the top as­so­ci­a­tions to en­able him to swim in­ter­na­tion­ally. “They have age rules but we are ex­plain­ing to them that he can swim those chan­nels even at this young age,” he said.

“I feel good that I have achieved this feat. I want to be­come an in­ter­na­tional swim­mer,” said Raj. “I prac­tice for 5-6 hours daily. I will prac­tice even harder now to swim in the in­ter­na­tional chan­nels.”

BACHCHAN KU­NAR

Ten-year-old Raj Patil dur­ing one of his eight record-break­ing swim­ming feats in a month.

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