Google remembers Indian swimmer Arati Saha by making a doodle, Participates in Olympics at the age of 12.
On Thursday Google makes a doodle on the 80th birth anniversary of Indian swimmer Aarti Saha and recognizes her exceptional accomplishment. Saha was the first gentlewoman to be awarded the Padma Shri in 1960. Google usually makes doodles every day to remember some great personality or to make people aware.
Search engine Google on Thursday recalled veteran Indian female swimmer Aarti Saha. Aarti today marks her 80th birth anniversary on 24 September 2020. She became the first Asian woman to swim and crossed the English Channel in 1959.
Saha was born on 24 September 1940 in Kolkata (then British India). She learned the swimming on the banks of the Hooghly River. She later trained under one of the legendary Indian swimmers Sachin Nag, who is also one of India’s best competitive swimmers. Saha won her first gold medal at the age of five. By the age of 11, she had broken several swimming records.
At the age of 12, Saha participated in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. She was among the first team from India to participate. Saha was one of the four women included in the team. At the age of 18, she attempted to cross the English Channel. After a failed attempt, she was able to complete the journey. She became the first Asian woman to do so.
She is also known as ‘Hindustani Jalpari’. Google remembered her through Doodle. In this Google doodle, the English channel has a graphic of Aarti which is seen floating in the channel.
Aarti hoisted the Indian flag in 1959 after crossing the English Channel. That was her second attempt. A year later, she was awarded the Padma Shri and became the first female sportsperson to be awarded by this honor.
On August 23 in 1994 in Kolkata, she passed away and one of the great Indian female Olympians said goodbye to the world forever.