Physically challenged swimmer from MP crosses English Channel
Seeking to show the world that he is as capable as the next person, disabled swimmer Satendra Singh created history on Sunday by crossing the English Channel on Sunday. He was the part of a swimming relay team which, for the first time saw four para swimmers from India cross the English Channel. He completed the channel in 12 hour and 26 minutes.
Satendra can’t walk. He is an employee of state government based in Indore.
Gwalior swimmer was joined by three others who attempted the daring feat in June this year. In May last year, Singh had completed a 36-km swim in Arabian Sea, clocking in at 5 hours and 43 minutes, as part of his preparation for the mighty English Channel challenge.
Interestingly, 29-year-old Singh is the first person in India with 75 per cent disability to complete the 36-km Arabian Sea swim. Despite his inability to use his lower limbs, Singh was ready to take on the 36 km Dover Strait swim in the English Channel.
M Rahman Baidya of Kolkata(West Bengal) was the first swimmer in the world, as a double amputee below the knee to cross the strait of Gibraltar. He took 4 hours 20 minutes to emerge victorious in his battle against waves in the difficult strait of Gibraltar on September 25, 2001.
He was also the first handicapped swimmer from Asia to cross the English Channel in 1997.