Pune lad, swimmer Rohan More became the first Indian as well as the first Asian to swim across the Ocean Seven and complete the challenge. By doing so, Rohan More has now officially become the youngest person in the world to swim across the Ocean Seven.
The Ocean Seven swimming marathon is widely considered equivalent to the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge.
After achieving this feat, Rohan More became only the ninth person in the world to complete it the challenge.
How did Rohan More perform?
After waiting for a long time, due to bad weather conditions, Rohan More got the chance to swim for Ocean Seven on February 9, 2018.
He began swimming at about 9:30 a.m. from the North Island. For the first five hours, the water was calm and the temperature was around 19 degrees Celsius.
However, as he progressed towards the South Island, the water temperature dropped by about four degrees Celsius, due to currents from the Antarctic water. Rohan fought bravely against the cold water and strong Antarctic currents to complete the swim in 8 hours 37 minutes.
Talking about his achievement, More said, “It is the greatest moment of my life as I swam across Cook Strait in New Zealand, which was the seventh and last in the Ocean Seven.”
“I really feel very proud and emotional about this thing because after swimming this challenge I became the first Indian ever in the history to complete this challenge and only ninth person in the world who has swam all the seven challenges in the Ocean Seven,” he added.
The Pune based swimmer also thanked his family members and friends for their support which helped him achieve this feat.
Rohan More – Continuing his own legacy
More completed his first marathon swim at the age of 11. He completed the Triple Crown almost twenty years later, in less than 11 months and continues to set and accomplish marathon goals.
In 1996, he crossed ‘Dharamtar’ to Gateway of India Channel (35 km) in seven hours and 29 minutes.
Rohan More also completed six of the Oceans Seven swims between 2014 and 2016: English Channel (13 hours and 23 minutes), North Channel (12 hours and 43 minutes), Catalina Channel (10 hours and 17 minutes), Molokai Channel (17 hours and 28 minutes), Tsugaru Strait (10 hours and 37 minutes) and Gibraltar Strait (3 hours and 56 minutes).
He is already a national figure in India and has received the Tenzing Norgay Award from the Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
The award, also known as the National Adventure Award, was presented to him by President Ramnath Kovind.
What is Ocean Seven Challenge that Rohan More completed?
The Ocean Seven marathon consists of seven long-distance open-water swims, which includes the North Channel, the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar.
Stephen Redmond of Ireland was the first person ever to complete all seven swims. Since then, eight other swimmers other than Rohan More have completed the challenge. The other swimmers are Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden), Michelle Macy (United States), Darren Miller (United States), Adam Walker (United Kingdom), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) and Ion Lazarenco -Tiron (Republic of Moldova).
Among all the winners Rohan Dattatreya More is the youngest (32yr) in the world and first Asian to complete Ocean Seven challenge.
An alternative definition of the Ocean’s Seven is one channel from each of the seven continents, just as the Seven Summits refers to the highest summit on each of the seven continents. For this definition, the list would include a South American channel and a swim in Antarctica.