9-months pregnant woman sets world record in Silambam martial art

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Tamil Nadu: A nine-months pregnant woman from Tamil Nadu has set a world record in the traditional game of Silambam martial art when she performed it for straight 6 hours on International Women’s Day.

The 29-year-old Sheela Das, a native of Anaikadu, was one of the participants in Pattukkottai where the pregnant woman’s record was set for five hours and Das extended it to six hours, creating a new world record. 

Sheela has been interested in sports since the age of 7 and she holds a black badge in karate, boxing and weightlifting. The Tamil Nadu woman also hold the title of ‘Iron Womam’ along with a national record in weightlifting category. 

“I have been interested in sports right when I was seven and have learned Silambam, boxing, karate. I have also participated in many competitions and won several prizes. Since I am pregnant, it was only with mental courage that I could achieve this feat beyond physical exertion,” Sheela told reporters after setting the world record. 

What is Silambam?

It is a weapon-based Indian martial art originating in Tamil Nadu in the Indian subcontinent. This style is mentioned in Tamil Sangam literature. It is played with a special wood called ‘bamboo’.

first published:March 14, 2022, 1:52 p.m.

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