Anita Sood

Arjuna Award

Swimming  1983

Anita Sood is a former national woman swimming champion of India. She became the fastest Asian swimmer to cross the English Channel with a time of 8 hours and 15 minutes on August 17th, 1987. She was awarded Arjuna Award for her achievements. She currently has two children. She lives in the United States, in Los Angeles, California.

Swimming since 1975, Anita staked her first claim to fame at the Trivandrum national age group meet in 1977, where she won nine medals - four golds, four silvers and a bronze - while participating in the under-13 category. A year later she bagged six titles in the Maharashtra state meet in Bombay and firmly established herself as a new phenomenon by bettering two records and beating long-reigning senior national champion Smita Desai to win the 100 metres freestyle.


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