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Meenakshi Pahuja (36) of New Delhi successfully completed the annual 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, NYC, a full counter-clockwise circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan, USA, held on July 12, 2014. She finished the race in 9 hr 59 min 56 sec and ranked third overall, becoming the first Indian woman to achieve it. On Dec 29, 2014, she also completed the 7.4 km Robben Island - Blouberg swim, a challenging race mostly due to the cold water temperatures (at average 12oC), held off Cape Town, South Africa.