Taranath Narayan Shenoy Talks About Overcoming Obstacles On WOWSA Live

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Taranath Narayan Shenoy is deaf from birth and legally blind in his right eye. Growing up in Mumbai, India, he described a perfect storm of events that eventually found him inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in 1986. His story is fascinating and inspirational to say the lead. His aquatic adventures and challenges are told with the help of his son Dr. Anukul Shenoy, a doctor currently studying in Boston, on today’s WOWSA Live interview.

61-year-old Shenoy and his son discussed a wide-ranging number of topics and about a number of swims with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairperson Ned Denison:

* starting off as a 50m butterflyer and gradually moving up to the 1500m freestyle before winning a 1981 race across the Palk Strait in 13 hours 5 minutes
* failing in his first attempt at the English Channel in 1982 where about 30 km into the crossing he was stung by a jellyfish on his right thigh. That sting led to an infection. Upon his return to India, he was operated on by his brother surgeon Dr. Sharad Shenoy. His leg had to be immobilized for a few months after the surgery.
* gaining weight from 60 kg to 92 kg to help him succeed on his 1983 attempt of the English Channel
* being coached by his older brother in the English Channel crossing, eventually succeeding three times in 10 hours 54 minutes in 1983, in 10 hours 55 minutes in 1984, in 10 hours 42 minutes in 1985
* believing everyone has a specialty in something
* receiving a Rolex watch and many accolades and memberships on account of his marathon swimming successes
* receiving invitations to swim in the Suez Canal, Nile River, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli, Cook Strait, and at the 1991 FINA World Championships 25 km race in Perth, Australia
* completing the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming only 16 days after Alison Streeter became the first person to achieve it
* training in the dark and for many hours
* completing a 80 km two-way crossing of the Gateway of India in 17 hours 42 minutes in 1984
* in 1982, during English Channel swim, about 30kms into the swim, I was stung by a jellyfish on my right thigh. That led to an infection and had to be operated upon once I got back to India by my surgeon brother Dr. Sharad Shenoy. Leg was immobilized for a few months after the surgery.
* playing water polo on a hearing team represented the state of Maharashtra at India National water polo tournaments:

* acclimatizing to the cold water and gaining 32 kg in weight (from 60 kg to 92 kg) for the English Channel:

* trained in a pool without lights for hours and hours on end and also swimming head up to see the pool walls:

* the Government of India awarded Shenoy its fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri in 1990:

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