Swimmers Elvis Hazarika, Rimo Saha first relay team from India to cross North Channel | More sports News

GUWAHATI: Indian long distance swimmers Elvis Ali Hazarika of Assam and West Bengal Rimo Saha made history by becoming the first relay team in the country as well as Asia to cross the North Channel in Europe.
The swimming aces also became the first from their respective states to successfully cross the North Channel, a strait between the northeast of Northern Ireland and the southwest of Scotland, by swimming relay.
The duo are the first Asian relay team to cross the Northern Channel and Hazarika is the oldest Indian swimmer to complete the feat in 14 hours and 38 minutes.
“I had been waiting for this day for a long time. After a lot of effort and hours of pushing myself to work harder every day, I successfully became the first Assamese (North East) to cross the Northern Channel by swimming it in the Northern Ireland Relay to Scotland,” Hazarika said on her Facebook profile.
The team had to overcome many challenges, especially the huge jellyfish that accompanied them along the way, to complete the swim, he added.
“A dream come true and a proud moment for all Indians and Assamese people. Thank you to all my friends, family especially Pranami and Presley for all your love and support,” Hazarika said.
The Assamese swimmer dedicated the rare feat to his wife Pranami as a birthday present.
“Thank you all for your love and prayers which made me successfully complete,” he added.
Saha also said that after two years of intensive training, he achieved one of his most ambitious and dream goals on Tuesday.
“I was the first person from West Bengal to swim from Northern Ireland to Scotland, crossing the #North_Channel_Swim_2022 with Relay Swim,” he wrote on his Facebook profile.
Saha also expressed his gratitude to West Bengal TMC MP Gautam Chowdhury for his “efforts, support and best wishes”.
The duo were given dates of September 17-22 and they swam a distance of around 42km with Donaghadee in Northern Ireland as their starting point and Portaptrick in Scotland as their finishing point.
Hazarika announced plans to cross the Channel in March 2023 last year.
The Channel swim will be 36km in 12-14 hours with the start point at Samphire Hoe Beach in the UK and Calais in France as the finish point.
This will be Hazarika’s second attempt to cross the English Channel after failing by around 10km on his first attempt in 2018.
He is also the first swimmer from Assam to cross the Catalina Channel to the United States in 2019.

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