Indians aren’t globally recognized for swimming and this win has surely given the nation a small place in this hitherto unfamiliar territory. With this laudable win, Bhakti has broken the earlier records of British open water swimmer, Lewis Pugh, and American swimmer, Lynne Cox. She was only 22, and the youngest in the world, when she crossed seven seas, including four oceans, in 2012. She also won the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award in the same year. She has been pursuing open water swimming for the last 10 years. Akhilesh Joshi, the Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Zinc, said, “We are very proud of Bhakti Sharma for this rare achievement. The whole country is proud of her and particularly girls who would be seeing her as inspiration to join swimming. Her achievement only proves that given the right support and opportunities, India can produce many such talents.” Hindustan Zinc had sponsored her Antarctic expedition.