Taranath Narayan Shenoy
Taranath Narayan Shenoy is a deaf and legally blind in his right eye. The 61-year-old open water swimmer from Mumbai, India was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in 1986. He is a swimming coach and retired as an office superintendent with Central Railways.
Open Water Swimming Career
- He completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming by completing the English Channel, Catalina Channel and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.
- He has completed four Oceans Seven channels during his career.
- In 1981, he was the first deaf person to cross the Palk Strait when he won a competitive race across the Strait, finishing in 13 hours 5 minutes.
- In 1982, he was the first deaf person to cross the Suez Canal and a marathon swim in the Nile River in Egypt, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Catalina Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Strait of Dardanelles (Turkey), and the Cook Strait (New Zealand).
- In 1982, he failed in his first attempt to cross the English Channel.
- On 18 August 1983, he crossed the English Channel from France to England in 10 hours 54 minutes. He received the Channel Swimming Association Special Award to a Disabled Swimmer in 1983.
- On 19 August 1984, he crossed the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 55 minutes. He received the Channel Swimming Association Special Award to a Disabled Swimmer in 1984.
- He completed a 80 km two-way crossing between the Gateway of India and Dharmatar through Mumbay bay in India in 1984 finishing in 17 hours 42 minutes.
- On 6 September 1985, he crossed the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 42 minutes. He received the Channel Swimming Association Special Award to a Disabled Swimmer in 1985.
- On 9 August 1986, he finished 3rd in the 45.9 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York in 8 hours 21 minutes 9 seconds at the age of 28.
- On 25 August 1986, he crossed the 32.3 km Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 10 hours 15 minutes. He was the second person to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, 16 days after Alison Streeter became the first.
- On 7 September 1986, he finished Over The Time Limit in the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy.
- On 19 September 1986, he completed the Lake Zurich Marathon Swim in Switzerland in 9 hours 6 minutes 56 seconds.
- On 4 August 1988, he completed a 14.4 km crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 5 hours 45 minutes at the age of 29.
- On 19 August 1989, he completed the 45.9 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York in 8 hours 29 minutes 24 seconds.
- He finished 25th in the 1991 FINA World Championships 25 km marathon swim held in Perth, Australia.
- On 25 March 1996, he completed a 23 km crossing of the Cook Strait from South Island to North Island in New Zealand in 6 hours 46 minutes.
- On 11 January 1997, he completed the 5 km race at the Sunset Coast Marathon Swim in 1 hour 52 minutes 24.11 seconds.
- In 1985, he was the subject of an 11-minute short-form documentary film called Taranath Shenoy.
1991 FINA World Championships 25 km Race Results
1 Chad Hundeby 5:01:46
2 Sergio Chariandini 5:03:19
3 David O'Brien 5:08:53
4 Nace Majcen 5:13:08
5 Jay Wilkerson 5:15:20
6 Roberto Faccinetti 5:16:14
7 Christof Wandratsch 5:18:44
8 Peter Galvin 5:19:28
9 Dragan Kurgic 5:20:32
10 Greg Streppel 5:22:52
11 Martijn van Heusden 5:24:07
12 Attila Molnar 5:26:21
13 Justin Palfrey 5:29:40
14 Michal Sanda 5:31:35
15 Jaime Gavaid 5:33:03
16 Mauricio Buczmiejuk 5:33:13
17 Dusan Toth Szabo 5:38:17
18 Marc Newman 5:40:46
19 Erik van Dartel 5:41:31
20 Michal Spacek 5:46:53
21 Ricardo Sperti 5:58:54
22 Jordi Cervera 6:02:31
23 Mohammed Abdel 6:04:07
24 Nazr Hasabala 6:06:48
25 Karim Madsen 6:42:30
26 Taranath Narayan Shenoy 7:26:41
- He was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1986 as an Honour Swimmer.
- He is a recipient of Padma Shree, Arjuna Award and Chhatrapati Shivaji Award for Swimming.
- He received the Van Audenaerde special award from the Channel Swimming Association.
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