Pune-based Indian long-distance swimmer Rohan More swam across the Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand in 8 hours and 37 minutes, becoming the first Asian and the youngest to complete it.
After waiting for a long time due to bad weather conditions, Rohan finally got a chance to swim on February 9.
Rohan had completed his first marathon swim at the age of 11.
With this, More becomes only the ninth person in the world to complete it.
He began swimming at about 9:30 a.m. from the North Island. For the first five hours, the water was calm and the temperature was around 19 degrees Celsius. However, as he progressed towards the South Island, the water temperature dropped by about four degrees Celsius, due to currents from the Antarctic water.
He fought bravely against the cold water and strong Antarctic currents to complete the swim in 8 hours 37 minutes.
Talking about his achievement, More said, “It is the greatest moment of my life as I swam across Cook Strait in New Zealand which was the seven and last in the Ocean Seven. I really feel very proud and emotional about this thing because after swimming this challenge I became the first Indian ever in the history to complete this challenge and only the ninth person in the world who has swum all the seven challenges in the Ocean Seven,” he added.
The Pune based swimmer also thanked his family members and friends for their support which helped him achieve this feat.
He completed the Triple Crown almost twenty years later, in less than 11 months and continues to set and accomplish marathon goals.
In 1996, he crossed ‘Dharamtar to Gateway of India Channel (35 km) in seven hours and 29 minutes.
More also completed six of the Oceans Seven swims between 2014 and 2016: English Channel (13 hours and 23 minutes), North Channel (12 hours and 43 minutes), Catalina Channel (10 hours and 17 minutes), Molokai Channel (17 hours and 28 minutes), Tsugaru Strait (10 hours and 37 minutes) and Gibraltar Strait (3 hours and 56 minutes).
He has received the Tenzing Norgay Award from the Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The award, also known as the National Adventure Award, was presented by President Ram Nath Kovind.
The Ocean’s Seven marathon consists of seven long-distance open-water swims, which includes the North Channel, the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar. The swimming marathon is widely considered equivalent to the Seven.
SENSATIONAL: India’s 16-Year-Old Manu Bhaker Wins Another Gold at Shooting World Cup
The sensational Manu Bhaker shot her way to a second successive gold medal in a mixed team event in the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The sensational Manu Bhaker, all of 16, shot her way to a second successive gold medal in a mixed team event as India consolidated their position at the top in the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Partnering Om Prakash Mitharval, the Indian teenager clinched the 10m air pistol mixed team title, a day after she won the women’s 10m air pistol individual gold on what is turning out to be a memorable senior World Cup debut.
The 11th standard student could be the youngest ever to win senior World Cup gold medals for India, though the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) could not confirm.
Also, the duo of Deepak Kumar and Mehuli Ghosh won the country its sixth medal of the competition – a bronze in the 10m air rifle mixed team event.
Deepak and Mehuli, competing as India 2, shot 435.1 in the five-team final, finishing behind the Romanian pair of Alin Moldoveanu and Laura-Georgeta Coman who shot 498.4 for silver. China’s Xu Hong and Chen Keduo won Gold with a world record score of 502.0.
But it was Bhaker, the girl from Jhajjar, Haryana, who stunned the shooting world with a second successive gold in as many days.
For someone who took to shooting just a little over two years ago, winning two gold medals in a global event of this magnitude would easily qualify as some achievement.
Shooting happened to her by chance after a brush with contact sports (boxing, martial arts) and Bhaker has already stamped her class in the tournaments she competed in.
Asked about her penchant for winning medals with record-breaking feats, the unassuming pistol shooter said, “It just happens. I don’t think about them. At times I don’t even know what the records are.” “I am grateful to all my coaches for their advice and the hours they have put in to hone my technique,” Manu added.
Last December, she won the 10m air pistol event, outclassing the highly-experienced Heena Sidhu at the 61st National Shooting Championship in Thiruvananthapuram where she broke Heena’s long-standing national record. She won a staggering 15 medals, including nine gold, during the tournament.
Bhaker’s tryst with shooting began when her father took her to the range and asked her to try her hand at the sport. She fired a few shots that found the centre of the target and the rest is history.
On the third day of competitions in the Mexican city, once again both Indian entries in the 10m air pistol mixed team event made it through to the medal rounds. Bhaker and Om Prakash, representing India 1, shot 770 in qualification to be placed second behind the German husband and wife pair of Christian and Sandra Reitz who shot 777 for a qualifications world record score.
Mahima Agrawal and Shahzar Rizvi, representing India 2, shot 763 to be positioned fourth and made it to the five-team final round from among the 16 competing teams. In the final, there were three pairs in contention from the very beginning – India 1 represented by Bhaker and Om Prakash, team Reitz of Germany and the French pair of Celine Goberville and Florian Fouquet.
After a see-saw battle between the three, the Indian and the German pair pulled ahead of the French duo decisively after 38 shots, with the Germans ahead of the Indians. With the final six shots remaining the Germans were ahead of the Indians by 0.1, but Bhaker and Om Prakash finished strong to clinch the battle after 48 shots, almost a point ahead of the Germans.
The final scores in favour of the Indians read 476.1 to 475.2. Mahima Agrawal and Shahzar Rizvi finished fourth with a score of 372.4 in the finals. In the women’s trap, India’s Seema Tomar was the best finisher, shooting 111 in qualifying to end in 15th spot.
Shreyasi Singh shot 106 to finish 22nd while Shagun Chowdhary shot 101 to be placed 26th. Also at the end of the first day of the qualification round in men’s trap, India’s Kynan Chenai shot 49 out of 50 to lie in sixth place. Zoravar Singh Sandhu shot 46 to lie 28th while Manavjit Singh Sandhu shot 42 to be in 47th place.
India’s medal count stood at three gold and four bronze medals for a total of seven podium finishes.
Finally, India’s Own Clothing Size Chart by 2021
Under the aegis of the ministry of textiles, the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is undertaking a National Sizing Survey of India to develop an India size chart for ready-to-wear clothes based on the body measurements and specifications of Indians.
The approximate cost of the project is Rs 30 crore.
For the first time a scientific exercise is being undertaken and anthropometric data from a sample in the age group of 15-65 years is being used to create a database of measurements.
These measurements will create a standardised size chart that will be representative of the Indian population and could be adopted by the apparel industry.
The project will measure 25,000 men and women across six cities and regions – Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Shillong – using 3D whole-body scanners. This will especially help business… it will reduce instances of exchanges and will be extremely beneficial for online retail.
More than 14 countries across the world have successfully completed national sizing surveys.
Sameer Verma Wins Swiss Open Men’s Singles Title
Indian shuttler Sameer Verma dished out a clinical performance to outwit former world no 2 Jan O Jorgensen and clinch the men’s singles title.
The world number 46 needed just 36 minutes to win 21-15, 21-13.
Indian shuttler Sameer Verma dished out a clinical performance to outwit former world no 2 Jan O Jorgensen and clinch the men’s singles title at the $150,000 Swiss Open Super 300 tournament, here on Sunday.
The 23-year-old from Madhya Pradesh showed great anticipation and technique and added power in his smashes to bamboozle Jorgensen 21-15, 21-13 in a lop-sided contest.
Sameer beat two former World No. 2 shuttlers — Kento Momota and Jorgensen — on his way to glory at this event.
This was the seventh international title of Verma’s career and his first since claiming the Syed Modi International more than a year back in January last year. Since then he was on and off and could not manage to build on that form.
Sameer, who had clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold last year and reached the finals at 2016 Hong Kong Super Series, thus lifted his first title of the season and joined fellow Indians Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy, who had won the title in 2015 and 2016.
“I am very happy to win the title. I was confident of doing well but I didn’t expect an easy final.”
“I had beaten him narrowly in Hong Kong, so I knew he is a difficult player to beat but he is not 100 percent fit yet as he is coming back from an injury. I had a word with him after the match and he told me he is not 100%, so it is a good result for him as well to reach the final,” Sameer told media persons after his victory.
Up against Jorgensen, who made a comeback this season after missing in action for more than seven months following a heel injury, Sameer showed great touch and control to emerge victories in the 36-minute contest.
Sameer opened up a 3-0 lead early and capitalised on it to enter the break with an 11-7 advantage. He never gave an inch to his rival to make a comeback.
Jorgensen won a video referral after the interval and narrowed the gap to 10-12 but Sameer jumped to 17-10 with five straight points before pocketing the opening game comfortably when the Danish shuttler hit the net. The first game lasted 17 minutes.
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