A nine-year-old girl on Sunday set a record by swimming 38 kilometres non-stop in a swimming pool in Ghaziabad. By doing so, she broke her own record of swimming non-stop 35 kilometres in the same swimming pool in May this year.
Mahima Attreya, a Class V student of Uttam School for Girls, entered the Central School, Kamla Nehru Nagar, swimming pool at about 6.45 a.m. and remained in water till late evening. She was continuously cheered by her parents, relatives, teachers, friends and hundreds of other people who had gathered at the pool to watch the “little dolphin”. She was fed fruits and nutritious drink during her stay in the water.
Aiming to become the youngest person to cross the English Channel, Mahima has been training very hard. “To improve her stamina, she runs to ITO from our Raj Nagar residence and comes back, which is roughly 45 kilometres, at least twice a week. Once a week she runs up to Hapur and comes back, doing about 60 kilometres. She is an avid swimmer and loves to be in water all the time,” said Satendra Attreya, her father.
“The aim of the exercise was to see whether I would really be able to endure the long distance of the English Channel. I did not feel fatigued at any point in time. In fact, I could have easily done more rounds,” said Mahima after coming out of the pool.
Though experts accept that so much running and swimming at such a young age might have its harmful effects, they feel that age is not the sole criteria to judge the pressure on the body.