City girl Himani Phadke is on a streak of bringing laurels to the city. In a recent event 'Swimmathon 2018' held at Colva beach in Goa, Phadke stood winner and brought back home gold.
The one-day event which was held on February 25, was a part All India Open Sea Swimming Competition. It was promoted by Square Off Sports Pvt Ltd under the guidance of Goa Swimming Association and recognised by Swimming Federation of India (SFI).
The 10-kilometer feat of the race was completed by Himani in 2 hours, eight minutes and 52 seconds. Himani stood first and bagged gold. She also won a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 from Goa sports minister Manohar Ajgaonkar and Olympian Veerdhawal Khade. Kamlesh Nanwati, president of All India Swimming Federation, was also seen at the ceremony.
With this latest achievement, Himani now qualifies for the upcoming competitions of the international level.
15 year old Himani Phadke is a class IX student of Sanjuba High School. She has won several medals at state-level and national-level competitions in the last few months. Himani took part in the previous five events of SGFI Nationals wherein she won two gold, two silver and one bronze medal. She became the first swimmer from the state to bag the accomplishment.
Himani represented Maharashtra at the ‘Khelo India’ championship and won a bronze medal in the relay. Till date, she has won nine gold medals at national swimming competitions. She is also a member of Shark Aquatic Club under the guidance of Kamgar Kalyan Mandal’s swimming coach Sanjay Batwe.
Pradip Keche, president of the club, along with the other members of the club have congratulated Himani on her achievement.
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