Bula Chowdhury Biography
Bula Chowdhury is one of the most famous long-distance swimmers of India. In competitive swimming also she has made her mark. When she was just 9 years of age, she became famous by winning six gold medals in many events of her age group.
Some of her records at the national level are yet to be equaled. In 1984 she set a national 100m butterfly record of 1:06.19sec. During the Seoul Asian Games in 1986, she created a record of 1:05.27sec in 100m butterfly and another record of 2:19.60sec in 200m butterfly.
In her swimming career of 24 years, Bula earned the distinction of becoming the first woman in the world to swim across the seven seas in five continents. In August, 2004, she set this record by swimming across the Palk Straits from Talaimannar in Sri Lanka to Dhanushkodi in amil Nadu in nearly 14 hours.
Bula Chowdhury earned the honor to become the first Asian woman to swim across the English Channel twice. She crossed the English Channel first in the year 1989 and again in 1999. Later on she participated on a long-distance swimming spree. She swam across the Strait of Gibraltar in 2000, Tiranian Sea in Italy in 2001, Catalina Channel in the U.S in 2002, Great Toroneos Gulf in Greece in 2002 and Cooks Straits in New Zealand in 2003. She set a world record by swimming through the Strait of Gibraltar in 3 hours and 35 minutes. For her exceptional achievements in the field of swimming she was awarded the Arjuna Award by the Indian Government in the year 1990.