Srikaanth Viswanathan

From Openwaterpedia
Srikaanth Viswanathan receiving the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2020
Srikaanth Viswanathan in New York City after completing the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
Srikaanth Viswanathan swimming across the 42 km Molokai Channel in Hawaii
Srikaanth Viswanathan after crossing the 42 km Molokai Channel in Hawaii
Srikaanth Viswanathan after crossing the Strait of Gibraltar with his daughter Kavya Srikanth in 4 hours 26 minutes as the oldest Indian to complete the 14.4 km crossing between Spain and Morocco
Srikaanth Viswanathan and Ravi Sandesh after crossing the 35 km North Channel in 11 hours 38 minutes
Srikaanth Viswanathan and Ravi Sandesh after crossing the 35 km North Channel in 11 hours 38 minutes on 14 August 2023

Srikaanth Viswanathan (born 15 July 1972) is a 51-year-old Indian open water swimmer from Bangalore, Karnataka, India who completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

Open Water Swimming Highlights

  • On 14 August 2023 at the age of 51, he completed a tandem crossing with swim buddy Ravi Sandesh of the 35 km North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland under the escort of Infinity Channel Swimming in 11 hours 38 minutes. They were the first male tandem crossing of the North Channel.
  • On 4 July 2023, he swam across the Strait of Gibraltar along with his daughter Kavya Srikanth in 4 hours 26 minutes and created a record for the oldest Indian to have ever attempted and completed the 14.4 km crossing.
  • On 31 March 2023, he attempted the grueling 42 km crossing of the Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu under the escort of Michael Twigg-Smith along with feeder Terri Dietz. After swimming for over 12.5hrs through the pitch dark night, he ran into the Portuguese man o war and had to abort his swim due to severe pain and discomfort.
  • On 2 September 2015, he participated in a 33.5 km English Channel 8-person relay from England to France in 14 hours 7 minutes.
  • On 4 July 2016, he participated in a 4-person 33.5 km English Channel relay with the Sea Hawks that started as medley relay that had to convert to freestyle relay after 12 hours due to unfavorable tides from England to France in 15 hours 7 minutes.
  • In April 2017, he completed the 2017 10 km National open water swimming competition in Bambolim, Goa, India in 4 hours 19 minutes 37 seconds.
  • In February 2018, he competed in the 2018 10 km National open water swimming competition in Colva, Goa, India.
  • In March 2018, he completed the 2018 10 km National open water swimming competition in Bambolim, Goa, India in 3 hours 49 minutes 36 seconds.
  • On 23 June 2018, he participated in a 2-person 33.5 km English Channel relay finishing in 12 hours 49 minutes.
  • On 21 July 2018, he completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 14 hours 7 minutes at the age of 46. He is entered in the Limca Book of Records for being the oldest Indian swimmer to complete a crossing of the English Channel.
  • On March 2019, he finished 3rd in the 40+ age category in the 2019 10 km National open water swimming competition in Bambolim, Goa, India in 3 hours 52 minutes 21 seconds.
  • On 13 August 2019, he participated in the 32.3 km Catalina Channel 6-person relay in 13 hours 41 minutes 28 seconds.
  • On 16 August 2019, he completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel in 13 hours 4 minutes 2 seconds at the age of 47.
  • On 31 August 2019, he finished 13th in the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island in New York City in 8 hours 7 minutes 30 seconds at the age of 47.
  • On 13 November 2021, he was conferred with India's highest national adventure award - Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2020 by Hon'ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind, for the Water Category.

TEDx Talks


An Inspiring Tale of Toil, Tears and the English Channel by Srikaanth Viswanathan at TEDxPESUECC


Channeling Your Dreams by Srikaanth Vishwanathan at TEDxManipal

External links