Eighteen-year-old Ramesh Tamatta from Pune emerged triumphant in the 5km open sea swimming of the Mumbai Swimmathon 2014 in association with Maharashtra State Amateur Aquatic Association (MSAAA) and Indian Sports Academy (ISA) here on Sunday.
His effort fetched him Rs10,000 cash prize in addition to other goody bags.
The towering Tamatta did not expect to win the race that included more than 100 participants between 18 and 35 years. The competition was fierce as many others tried to catch up with Tamatta, at least for the first half of the race. However, Tamatta’s enduring stamina helped him stay ahead to win the race in 38 minutes and 43 seconds which is a meet record.
The first year student of FYBA Institute, Pune, dedicated his victory to his parents, school staff and his Dinekar Sawan. He said that he would train every morning. Next up for Tamatta is the National Games in Thiruvananthapuram later this year.