Mihir Sen (মিহির সেন) (16 November 1930 - 11 June 1997) from India was a barrister from India who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 1966. In 1958, Sen became the first Indian to swim across the English Channel. He distinguished himself crossing six major straits in 1966: the Palk Strait between Dhanushkodi, India and Sri Lanka in 25 hours 36 minutes, the Strait of Gibraltar between Spain and Morocco, 51.5K (32 miles) across the Dardanelles from Gallipoli to Sendulbahir, Turkey, 50 miles across the length of the Panama Canal from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in 35 hours 30 minutes, and 32 km (20 miles) across the Bosphorus (Istanbul Strait) in Turkey. He is also a member of the 24-hour club.
Awards and Honors
Sen was awarded the Padma Shree in 1959 by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Padma Bhushan in 1966 by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Marathon Swimming Career
- English Channel, 21 miles (34 km) from England to France on 27 September 1958 in 14 hours 45 minutes Channel (after failing to do so in 1955) \
- Palk Strait, 22 miles (35 km) from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu in 25 hours 36 minutes on 5-6 April 1966
- Strait of Gibraltar in 8 hours 1 minutes on 24 August 1966
- Length of the Dardanelles, 45 miles (72 km) from the Sea of Marmara to the Aegean Sea in 13 hours 55 minutes on 12 September 1966
- Bosphorus (Istabul Strait), 16 miles in 4 hours on 21 September 1966
- Length of Panama Canal, 50 miles from Cristobal in the Atlantic Ocean to Balboa in the Pacific Ocean in a 34 hour 15 minute stage swim on 29-31 October 1966