Abhejali Bernardová (43), from the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in the Czech Republic, is the 10th person in history to complete the Oceans Seven series of open water swims. In a recent interview with Steven Munatones on the World Open Water Swimmming Association website, shares highlights of her incredible Oceans Seven ultramarathon swimming journey, which began in 2011 when she swam the English Channel. She also talks about her journey from a competitive swimmer to one of a prolific marathon swimmer who travels the world and loves to inspire others to develop their own true potential.
Abhejali is ranked as one of the World’s 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women, having completed swims in the English Channel, North Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Cook Strait, Strait of Gibraltar, International Self-Transcendence Sri Chinmoy Marathon-Swim Rapperswil-Zurich, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, and Robben Island in South Africa. She also founded the 6 hour indoor swimming challenge in Zlin, which has become a hugely popular event for relays and solo-swimmers, organized by the Czech Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team.
Here a summary of her Oceans Seven Journey in pictures:
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team has been involved in open water swimming since the 1980's. In 1985 the first two members of our team swam the English Channel under the CSA (Channel Swimming Association), and since then members of the Marathon Team have completed the crossing almost 50 times, the second-most of any team.