March 01, 2022
Gangadhar Kadekar, a 66-year-old man from Karnataka, has set a record for swimming with his hands and legs tied up. Kadekar started from Padukere beach shore in Udupi and swam 3.5kms in the Arabian Sea for five hours and 35 minutes. He entered the Golden Book of World Records for this feat. Last year, he entered the India Book of Records by swimming 1.4kms in 73.7 minutes with his legs chained in padmasana. Kadekar took up swimming at the age of 50 and founded the Jai Durga Swimming Club in Udupi, where he has been training the youth. Since then, he has taken part in state- and national-level aquatic championships and has won 31 gold, 16 silver and nine bronze medals at the senior level.