- He completed the swim in 8 hours and 37 minutes
- He became the first Asian to achieve the feat
- Is also the youngest person in the world to complete the challenge
Pune based swimmer Rohan More swam across the Ocean Seven which is considered as tough as the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge. He entered the hall of fame by becoming the first Asian to swim this stretch. He also became the first Indian and youngest ever person to swim across the Ocean Seven.
One of the toughest swimming challenge to exist, the Ocean’s Seven marathon consists of seven long-distance open-water swims. These include the tough and testing waters of the North Channel, the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar. The marathon is difficult not only for the long area to be covered but also the extreme weather conditions, winds and strong currents which require immense strength, patience and technique to complete it.
After facing intense conditions which delayed More’s swim by many days, he finally got the chance to take to the water after weather subsided a bit. He began swimming from the North Island under good weather with a pleasant temperature of 19 degrees. He found himself in trouble though as he approached the South Island with the weather roughing up. With strong, cold currents from the Antarctic and the temperature dipping, More had to resort to every last ounce of his energy to fight against the cold water and complete the stretch in 8 hours and 37 minutes.
“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 ninth person in the world who has swam all the seven challenges in the Ocean Seven,” More said about his achievement.