10-yr-old swimming prodigy makes waves
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.”
Ten-year-old Raj Patil during one of his eight record-breaking swimming feats in a month.