30 km of a dangerous 30-km of choppy waters with sea snakes and other dangerous marine creatures didn’t scare G. Syamala, the 46-year-old entrepreneur from Hyderabad, who swam braved the Strait, becoming the first Telugu woman, and only the second woman in the world, to swim across the stretch between Sri Lanka and India.
Shyamala Goli who runs a playschool in Hyderabad, reportedly swam for 13 hours and 43 minutes from Talaimannar in northern Sri Lanka to Dhanushkodi in India to create the record. Mother of an engineering graduate, Syamala’s journey with swimming started a few years ago after she decided to overcome her aquaphobia.
She had previously made her mark in the National Open Water Ganga River Swimming Competition, completing 13 km in one hour and 50 minutes. She also represented Telangana in the World Masters Championship in Gwanju, South Korea.
Speaking over the achievement, Syamala expressed her joy at achieving the milestone and thanked everyone who helped her achieve the rare feat. For her Palk Strait mission, Syamala had undergone training at the Sports Authority of Telangana State swimming pool at Gachibowli.