Mihir Sen

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Mihir Sen from India was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 1966. In 1958, Sen became the first Indian to swim across the English Channel. He distinguished himself crossing six major straits in 1966: the Palk Strait between Dhanushkodi, India and Sri Lanka in 25 hours 44 minutes, the Strait of Gibraltar between Spain and Morocco, 51.5K (32 miles) across the Dardanelles from Gallipoli to Sendulbahir, Turkey, 51 miles across the length of the Panama Canal from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in 35 hours and 30 minutes, and 32 km (20 miles) across the Bosphorus (Istanbul Strait) in Turkey.

Sen was awarded the Padma Shri in 1959 and Padma Bhushan in 1967.

He is also a member of the 24-hour club.

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