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Friday, October 14, 2011

The Enduring Legacy Of Sri Chinmoy

Igor Nenko, a swimmer from Ukraine, describes the inspiration of Sri Chinmoy, "His extraordinary achievements in sport and his tireless work inspired people all over the world to transcend their personal limits through sport including marathon swimming.

Sri Chinmoy founded the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in 1977. His vision, inspiration, encouragement and intuition were the guiding force behind its growth into what is today the world's largest organizer of endurance events including the 26.4K International Self-Transcendence Marathon-Schwimmen. His innate understanding of the limitless potential that lies within each one of us led him to conceive of endurance events that to others seemed beyond the bounds of human possibility
." His integral approach to life encourages physical fitness and sports as a vehicle for personal transformation. Sri Chinmoy inspired many to fulfill their dreams to swim the English Channel including the following athletes:

#1 1985 Vasanti Niemz, 17:01, Germany
#2 1985 Keefe Adhirath, 14:51, USA
#3 1987 Meywald Pravaha, 11:29, Germany
#4 1987 Nocker Praphulla, 13:39, Germany
#5 1987 Annette Schill, 13:02, Germany
#6 1987 Guy Girardet, 10:38, England
#7 1987 Michael Brisson, 20:07, USA
#8 1988 Sunil Davidson 13:49, USA
#9 1988 Hein Dhruva, 15:03, USA
#10 1988 Howard Shraddha, 15:09, USA
#11 1988 Ursula Mohrle, 14:28, Switzerland
#12 1988 Michael Brisson, 13:32. USA
#13 1988 Schill Siegfried, 13:03, Germany
#14 1988 Jacques Bayle, 12:22, France
#15 1988 Bach Anugata, 13:05, USA
#16 1989 Vincent Pogacher, 15:50, Canada
#17 1989 Conrad Gyde, 18:01, Germany
#18 1990 Sara Robert, 16:15, England
#19 1990 Bolliger Vedika, 14:45, Switzerland
#20 1996 Vedika Bolliger, 16:00, Switzerland
#21 1997 Karteek Clarke, 11:57, Scotland
#22 2000 Van der Walt Tejaswi, 13:22, Australia
#23 2000 Clarke Karteek, 14:52, Scotland
#24 2001 Ahelee Osborn, 11:22, USA
#25 2001 Karteek Clarke, 12:49, Scotland
#26 2001 Vedika Bolliger, 16:29, Switzerland
#27 2002 Karteek Clarke, 10:53, Scotland
#28 2002 Vedika Bolliger, 22:30, Switzerland
#29 2003 Vedika Bolliger, 22:27, Switzerland
#30 2003 Szekely Mate, 13:05, Hungary
#31 2003 Karteek Clarke, 16:05, Scotland
#32 2004 Karteek Clarke, 16:13, Scotland
#33 2004 Josef Lendacky, 14:28, Slovakia
#34 2005 Karteek Clarke, Scotland
#35 2005 Beate Kunze, 14:06, Germany
#36 2006 Karteek Clarke, 16:18, Scotland
#37 2006 Igor Nenko, 10:29, Ukraine
#38 2007 Vijaya Claxon, 22:25, USA

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team organizes the Lake Zurich 26.4K Marathon swim in Switzerland, the 12-hour indoor pool swim in Zurich, the 9K Australia Annual National Capital Swim, and the 12-hour pool swim in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. A rich legacy in the endurance sports world.

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