Abhejali Bernardova

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Abhejali Bernardová is a 43-year-old peace runner turned open water swimmer and member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team from Zlin, Czech Republic. She is the 10th person in history, 4th woman and first swimmer from Czech Republic to complete the Oceans Seven channels. She has also achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. As a runner, she has completed a 6-day run, 24-hour runs, and 100 km runs. She was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

Marathon Swimming Career

2018 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Abhejali Bernardová is a peace ultrarunner (6-day runs + 24-hour runs + 100 km runs) turned swimmer who promotes endurance sports and self-transcendence via media appearances and speeches to the public and at school. The member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team became the 4th woman to complete the Oceans Seven. After achieving the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, she crossed the English Channel (14 hours 46 minutes), Strait of Gibraltar (4 hours 45 minutes), Catalina Channel (9 hours 46 minutes), Tsugaru Channel (11 hours 6 minutes), Molokai Channel (21 hours 52 minutes), North Channel (10 hours 24 minutes), and Cook Strait (14 hours 9 minutes) between the ages of 34 and 41 to become the first person from the Czech Republic – a landlocked country – to swim across 6 iconic channels, all successful on her first attempt. She organized a record number of swimmers in a new popular 6-hour pool swim in the Czech Republic shortly after her last channel swim. She teaches about the importance of a calm mind for success in the open water and on dryland. For being a Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team ambassador who achieved the Oceans Seven, for continuing to serve as a peace runner, race director and an organizer of extreme sports that gives others an opportunity to experience their own challenges under safe conditions, and for lending a helping hand and friendly smile with a passion for long distance swimming as a mentor for people of all ages and abilities, Abhejali Bernardová of the Czech Republic is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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Special Honors Marathon/Channel Swimming

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