6-year-old becomes youngest girl to swim across Vembanad Lake

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Vaikom: A six-year-old becomes the youngest girl to swim across the Vembanad Lake.

Gayatri Praveen, the daughter of Praveen and Chinchu, hailing from Kothamangalam, reached Cherthala with her family at around 8 am on Saturday. MLA Daleema flagged off the swimming.

Gayatri swam 4.5 km in 1.24 hours and reached Vaikom Lake Beach by 9:57 am and was welcomed by Vaikom Tehsildar TN Vijayan.

Actor Chembil Ashokan inaugurated the event to felicitate Gayatri. Vaikom municipality chairperson presided over the event.

Gayatri is a Class 1 student at Canadian Central School, Puthuppady. Her brother, Arjun, a third-standard student, is also a swimmer and attends training sections with his sister. Gayatri is coached by Biju Thangappan.

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