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India National Open Water Swimming Competition

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Escort rowers of the India National Open Long Distance Swimming Championship is a nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, part of the WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association

The annual India National Open Water Swimming Competition is one of the world's longest open water swimming competition held in The Ganges. It is among the Top 50 Open Water Swims In Asia and the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims. The race features two distances: 81 km (50.3 miles) and 19 km and is held in the River Bhagirathi. It is organized every year by Murshidabad Swimming Association of Berhampore, Murshidabad, India since 1943.

Prize Money

The winner of the 81 km distance receives INR 50,000 (US$970), the runner-up receives INR 30,000 (US$582) and the third finisher receives INR 20,000 (US$388) in prize money.

For the shorter 19 km race, the top three finishers receive INR 20,000 (US$388), INR 15,000 (US$291) and INR 10,000 (US$194) in the downstream event.

Distances

  • 81 km event starts at Ahiron Barrage Ghat and ends at Gorabazar Ghat downstream.
  • 19 km event starts at Jiaganj Sadar Ghat and ends at Gorabazar Ghat.

Type

River

73rd India National Open Water Swimming Competition

2017 India National Open Water Swimming Competition


Daniel Ponce discusses the 81 km India National Open Water Swimming Competition with Daniel Race

Location

City Behrampur, River Bhagirathi from Ahiron Barrage Ghat to Gorabazar Ghat or from Farakka in Jangpiur to Gora Bazar Ghat in Berhampore

State/County/Province West Bengal

Country India

Region Asia

Contact

Name Murshidabad Swimming Association

Event Information

Month: August

Event Date: 8/30/2009

Class: Amateur

Wetsuit: No

2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees

The escort rowers of the India National Open Long Distance Swimming Championship were nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Barbados Open Water Swimming Festival with Kristina Evelyn & Zary Evelyn (Barbados)
2. Khitindra Chandra Baishya (Bangladesh)
3. Sven Eckardt (Germany)
4. India National Open Long Distance Swimming Championship Escort Rowers (India)
5. Margarita Llorens Bagur (Spain)
6. Igor Lukin (Russia)
7. Madswimmer by Jean Craven (South Africa)
8. Marc-Antoine Olivier (France)
9. Stephen Rouch (USA)
10. Jason Snell (Great Britain)
11. Christof Wandratsch (Germany)
12. Wild Swimming Brothers (Great Britain)

2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination

The escort rowers for solo swimmers in the annual 81 km India National Open Long Distance Swimming Championship perform otherworldly feats that are unprecedented in the annals of known open water swimming history. They begin paddling days before one of the world’s longest marathon swims from their homes, sleeping where and when they can. Then they escort swimmers for at least 10 hours in the downstream races of the Ganges in India. After the race, they continue paddling back home for a very minimal amount of compensation. For their selfless dedication to the sport of marathon swimming, for their annual multi-day pilgrimage to and from the national Indian competition in its 74th year, and for keeping swimmers safe, hydrated and straight for hours on end in blistering hot conditions, the escort rowers at the India National Open Long Distance Swimming Championship escort rowers are worthy nominees for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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