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Bula Choudhury

Bula Choudhury
Choudhury in 2004
Personal information
National team India
Born (1970-01-02) 2 January 1970 (age 54)
Hugli, West Bengal, India
StrokesFreestyle, Butterfly
Medal record
Women's swimming
Representing  India
South Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1991 Colombo 50 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1991 Colombo 100 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1991 Colombo 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1991 Colombo 200 m butterfly

Bula Choudhury (born 2 January 1970, Hugli, India) is an Indian former swimmer. She is an Arjuna awardee, Padma shri awardee, former India national women's swimming champion and elected as MLA from 2006 to 2011 representing Nandanpur in West Bengal state of India.[1]

Swimming career

Her first national competition, at age nine, she dominated her age group by winning six gold medals in six events. She continued to improve, winning various junior and national championships, as well as six gold medals at the 1991 South Asian Federation Games. She went to her first nationals, at the age of 12, which is an all-time record. This also guaranteed her a place in the relay quartet for the Brisbane Commonwealth Games as well as a prominent place on the list of Asiad probables.[2]

In 1984 she set a national 100m butterfly record of 1:06.19 sec. During the Seoul Asian Games in 1986, she created a record of 1:05.27 sec in 100m butterfly and another record of 2:19.60 sec in 200m butterfly.[3] Choudhury started long-distance swimming in 1989 and crossed the English Channel that year. She won the 81-km (50- mile) Murshidabad Long Distance Swim in 1996, and in 1999 she crossed the English Channel again. In August, 2004, she set this record by swimming across the Palk Straits from Talaimannar in Sri Lanka to Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu in nearly 14 hours.[3]

She became the first woman to have swum across sea channels off five continents in 2005 —including the Strait of Gibraltar, the Tyrrhenian Sea, Cook Strait, Toroneos Gulf (Gulf of Kassándra) in Greece, the Catalina Channel off the California coast, and from Three Anchor Bay to Robben Island near Cape Town, South Africa. She created a record for swimming the 30 km track in 3 hours & 26 minutes. She is now planning to establish a swimming academy in Kolkata.[citation needed]

Awards and distinctions

See also


  1. ^ a b "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Bula Choudhury seems all set to become a female Mark Spitz". India Today. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Bula Chowdhury : Biography, Profile, Records, Awards and Achievement". Who-is-who. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Arjuna Award and Dronacharya Award for the year 2003 announced" (Press release). Press Information Bureau, India. 15 September 2004. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
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