While some teens were preparing for Holi Festival, SAGAR KAMBLE was busy to achieve his goal that is 18 K.M Dog leg Robben island Cape town (South Africa). On 11th of march, the 20-year-old Ocean Boy Sagar Kamble successfully completed an epic 18-km swim across Dog leg Robben island at Cape town in Just 6hr 37min, becoming the Only Indian male swimmer to ever cross the 18 K.M Dog leg Robben island Cape town. His Coach and mentor Amol Adhav told ABOUTSWIM the swim was tough, Sagar’s Coach accompanying in a boat, helped him get through.
Sagar told Aboutswim:- “It looks OK but the water that’s in the 60s (Fahrenheit), most people scream when they get into it. So to actually go 6-7hours, it takes unbelievable strength mentally and physically. And for me to be able to do that — that takes a special thing for me.”
Sagar Continued:- “It’s strange – I’d been so exhausted, but for the final five or 10 minutes, I powered to shore. It was like I was on autopilot. I remember my coach was just shouting ‘Go Sagar! Go! Go!”.
“When I reached the shore, I was a few notches off compos mentis,” he says. “I was dazed, confused. I’d been in cold water for past 6-7 hours, with a high rate of exertion. I’d been told “you had to take three unaided steps after reaching land”, “Those steps became massively important. It was a Neil Armstrong moment. Eventually I did three steps, and I sat down. I remember being surrounded by people cuddling me.”
Instead of this Sagar Kamble, swam the 38-km route from Dharmater to Gateway of India. He clocked 7 hours, 45 minutes his maiden attempt.
Special thanks to – Rupali Repale (Ex world record swimmer), Ashutosh Pinjan (Pacemaker swimmer for sagar), Mahendra Kolge ( photographer), Prathmesh Suryawanshi (Administrative work), Salim Shaikh (Administrative work), & Akshay Sirdeshpande (Administrative work).
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What Are The Reasons Behind The Indian Government Not Supporting The Indian Swimmers?
We Have A Swimming Team Yes We Do Have. They Are Begging For Support, In Short Of Funds To Join The International Tournaments. But No One Is Really Helping. None Of The Media Houses Are Actually Sharing It. Government Often Provide Huge Funds For Cricket Team(Mainly) But Why Ignore Other Sports Like Swimming. Why Are The Media And Other Government Houses Ignoring, Denying The Support??
We Have To Spread This Question As Much As Possible Because We All Know That Our India Has Many Swimming Players Who Have Great Potential To Reach Peak Of This Sports But Due To Lack Of Funds They Are Still Unknown To Us And Still Struggling. To come to that level, a swimmer need better facilities, assistance from all corners, a lot more funding and a lot more support. If you have to compare our swimmers with those from the countries that make the semifinals and finals of Olympics, you have to also compare all the facilities and support that those swimmers receive. We are nowhere near any of them.
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