Fr Agnel stu­dent swims to a new record from Gate­way to Ele­phanta

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

A nine-year-old boy from Vashi swam his way to a new record at the Gate­way of In­dia on Sun­day.

On Jan­uary 17, Vedant Sawant, a Class 4 stu­dent of Fr Agnel School, Vashi, be­came the fastest swim­mer in the un­der-10 cat­e­gory to swim the 14-km route from Ele­phanta Is­lands to the Gate­way of In­dia. He com­pleted the feat in two hours, 50 min­utes and 28 sec­onds in his maiden at­tempt. The pre­vi­ous record be­longs to Hi­man­shu Patil from Uran, who cov­ered the dis­tance in three hours and 10 min­utes.

Vedant was ac­com­pa­nied by pi­lot boats with of­fi­cial ob­servers, time-keep­ers, coaches and his par­ents. Upon com­ple­tion of the feat, he was given a hero’s wel­come at the shore by mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane.

“I hope to cre­ate many more records in swim­ming,” he said.

Santosh Patil, who trained Vedant Sawant has been train­ing at the Navi Mum­bai Sports As­so­ci­a­tion for the last two and a half years.

Vedant for this feat said, “I am proud that he chose a less-taken swim­ming route. I hon­estly did not ex­pect him to break the record.”

Vedant has been train­ing at the Navi Mum­bai Sports As­so­ci­a­tion for the last two and a half years. He un­der­goes rig­or­ous train­ing of two hours in the morn­ing and two hours in the evening. Vedant’s coach San­der Sawant said, “We first

worked on his strokes and then his en­durance. We also had to work on his fear of the sea.”

Vedant will re­ceive a state cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by the Maharashtra State Aquatic As­so­ci­a­tion for the record. “I will en­sure Vedant’s tal­ent does not go waste. I will do all I can to help him get the right train­ing and en­vi­ron­ment,” said Vedant’s father Vish­wanth Sawant, who is a statelevel Kabaddi player.

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