Udupi: 65-year-old Gangadhar swims for 5 hrs in sea with limbs chained

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (EP)

Udupi, Jan 24: A sexagenarian from Kadekar has created a Golden Book of World Records on Monday, January 24 by swimming 3550 meters for five hours in the sea and that too with his hands and legs chained. He swam for five and a half hours without a break! He dived into the sea from Udupi’s Padukere beach shore at 7.50 AM and reached the destination at 1.20 PM.

The representative from the Golden Book of World Records who watched the feat issued a provisional certificate on the spot soon after Gangadhar reached the shore.

Another astonishing fact about international swimmer Gangadhar is that he became an expert in the waters at a ripe age of 60! Aged 65 years now, he has broken national and international records in the past five years. He has trained more than a thousand people in swimming. Gangadhar is an example that there is no age for achievements.

“I am glad. I was suspicious that achievements were possible at this age but there i could do it. I had achieved a record last year swimming in Padmasana. Continued practice has made the achievement in chains possible. I thank everybody. The sea was rough. It was not the way I hoped. But, I did not give up despite the challenges,” he said.

"Gangadhar has achieved a very valuable record today. His name will be etched for time immemorial in the Golden Book of World Records. It is not easy to swim with hands and legs chained. At an age where people retire and remain at home, his achievement at the age of 65 is really great. It is a landmark achievement and an example for all. This will be an unforgettable memory for me," said Golden Book of Records representative, Manish Vishnoi.

Gangadhar is the son of Malpe residents Gopal Mendon and Sundari Mendon. He is residing in Kadekar at present. He started swimming in the sea as a hobby in 2006, became an expert in various styles and began participating in state level competitions from 2009.

He has taken part in state and master aquatic championship state level competitions and won 31 gold, 16 silver and nine bronze medals in the competitions from 2009 to 2019. He competed in national competitions at Rajkot, Gujarat, Bhopal Madhya Pradesh, Sikandarabad, Andhra, Visakhapatnam, Lucknow. He has won three bronze medals, three gold medals in national competitions held by Master Games Federation of India.

He created the India Book of Records at Kidyoor Padukere Sri Devi Bhajana Mandira sea on January 24, 2021.

He has created records by swimming with his 41 students at St Mary’s island on February 14, 2021.

He has won three gold medals and four bronze medals in swimming competitions held by Swimming Federation of India and Master Games Federation of India. He is the first swimming coach who obtained training in coaching in level one and level two divisions of the ASCA American Swimming Coaches Association.

He founded the Jai Durga Swimming club at Kadekar and provided training in swimming to men and women of all ages. More than 1,000 students are under training from him. He provides free training to specially abled groups and also the mentally challenged.




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  • Anand Kumar, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 25 2022

    Useless sterile achievement. If you want to do something after retirement, do something which benefits society like social work, gardening, teaching your skills for free or even for gain, etc.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Jan 25 2022

    Let him maintain good health by regular exercise and healthy food but showing off like this always involves risk. Age is a factor and human cannot act life long with josh & pride. There is a cut off time too. Anyways he is still a champion ! Jawani ka josh budapan ka aakrosh !

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  • CLINTON, dubai

    Tue, Jan 25 2022

    whts this old man wants to proove....?

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  • Bob, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 25 2022

    Age is not a limit to do anything and we can achieve anything in life any age, when today's youth are wasting time on unwanted things like andk bhakti, internet etc.

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  • Shashi Shetty, Santhoor

    Tue, Jan 25 2022

    Congratulations sir - you proved it that , enthusiasm has no age. Above all you also proved that , for endurance and stamina the six pac is not the solution .. eat well and play well above all the god’s gift of right attitude. Now all 60plus who are squatting at home with a hopeless grin on face - take out your shorts and jump into the water of happiness and hope .

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 25 2022

    Congratulations to Gangadhar! But there was no need to take such great risk at the cost of his life as achievements are good but life is much more precious.

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Tue, Jan 25 2022

    I am really Happy for you my dear friend. Gangadhar, swimming with a terrible obstacle around you into the waves in Arabian Sea for nearly ' FIVE HOURS ' You are really my friend. I also ventured in the same way when I was pretty young in my developing manhood. THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALONG WITH YOUR WORTHY FAMILY !!!

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