A 47-year-old entrepreneur from Hyderabad G Syamala created a record of sorts by becoming the first Telugu lady and second lady in the world to successfully swim across the 30 km Palk Strait from Sri Lanka to India.
She started from the Sri Lanka coast at 4:15 am today and reached Dhanushkodi in Rameshwaram after continuously swimming for 13 hours and 43 minutes.
Earlier, a 44-year-old American open water swimmer from California living in Hong Kong Edie Hu completed this 29 km crossing of the Palk Strait near Adam’s Bridge between Sri Lanka and India in 10 hours 18 minutes on 26 February 2020 in a tandem swim with Andy Moss.
Edie’s time is the second-fastest time of official record after M. Tulasi Chaitanya from India who crossed Palk Strait in 2018 in 8 hours 25 minutes.
Syamala Goli being the 3rd woman to cross Palk Strait represented Telangana in the 2020 FINA World Masters Championship in Gwanju, South Korea. In Nov 2020, she swam a 30 km stretch in the Great Ganges River in Patna and secured 6th position with a timing of 110 minutes.
Multi-talented, Ms Syamala, who is also an animation film producer, director and writer, picked up swimming only four years ago. She has been preparing for the Palk Strait Swimming Expedition under the guidance of her coach Mr Ayush Yadav at SATS swimming pool in Gachibowli Hyderabad. She was also trained for this feat under the guidance of senior IPS officer Rajiv Trivedi who also swam across Palk Strait in 2011.
Here is the list of swimmers who crossed Palk Strait:
|1954 Mar 27||Murugupillai Navratnaswami||M||44||Sri Lanka||Valvettithurai to Point Calimere||59||27:08:00|
|1963 NA NA||V.S. Kumar Anandan||M||Sri Lanka||Valvettithurai to Point Calimere||59||42:NA:00|
|1966 Apr 6||Mihir Sen||M||35||India||Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi||29||25:44:00|
|1974 NA NA||V.S. Kumar Anandan||M||Sri Lankan||Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi to Talaimannar||58||51:NA:00|
|1981 NA NA||Taranath Narayan Shenoy||M||Indian||Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi||29||13:05:00|
|1994 Apr NA||Veerabadran Kutraleeshwaran||M||Indian||Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi||29||16:NA:00|
|2004 NA NA||Bula Chowdhury Chakraborty||M||Indian||Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi||29||13:52:00|
|2011 Mar NA||Rajiv Trivedi||M||Indian||Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi||29||12:31:00|
|2012 Mar 20||S.P. Murleedharan||M||38||Indian||Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi||29||14:25:00|
|2018 Mar 24||Raja Eswara Prabhu||M||Indian||Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi||29||11:58:00|
|2018 Mar 25||M. Tulasi Chaitanya||F||29-30||Indian||Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi||29||08:25:00|
|2019 Mar 28||R. Jai Jaswanth||M||10-11||Indian||Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi||29||10:30:00|