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Swimmers Elvis Hazarika, Rimo Saha first relay team from India to cross the Noorderkanaal | 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 from both the country and Asia to win the North Channel in Europe.
The top swimmers were also the first from their respective states to successfully cross the North Channel, a strait between northeastern Northern Ireland and southwestern Scotland, in relay swimming.
The duo is the first Asian relay team to cross the North Channel and Hazarika is the oldest swimmer from India to achieve the feat in 14 hours 38 minutes.
“I have waited a long time for this day. After a lot of effort and hours pushing myself to work harder every day, I successfully became the first Assamese (Northeast) to cross the Northern Channel by swimming it in Relay Northern Ireland to Scotland Hazarika said on his Facebook profile.
The team had to face many challenges, especially the huge jellyfish that accompanied them all the way, to complete the swim, he added.
“A dream come true and a proud moment for all Indians and Assamese. Thank you to all my friends, family, especially Pranami and Presley, for all your love and support,” said Hazarika.
The Assamese swimmer dedicated the rare achievement to his wife Pranami as a gift for her birthday.
“Thank you all for your love and prayers that helped me complete this successfully,” he added.
Saha also said that after two years of hard training, he reached one of his most ambitious and dream goals on Tuesday.
“I was the first person from West Bengal to ever swim from Northern Ireland to Scotland and cross the #North_Channel_Swim_2022 with Relay Swim,” he wrote in his Facebook profile.
Saha also expressed his gratitude to West Bengal TMC MLA Gautam Chowdhury for his “effort, support and best wishes”.
The duo were assigned dates from September 17 to 22 and they swam a distance of approximately 42km with Donaghadee in Northern Ireland as the starting point and Portaptrick in Scotland as the finishing point.
Hazarika had announced his intention to cross the English Channel in March 2023 last year.
The Channel swim will cover a distance of 36km in 12-14 hours with the starting point at Samphire Hoe Beach in the UK and Calais in France as the end point.
This will be Hazarika’s second attempt to cross the English Channel, having fallen about 10km short on his first attempt in 2018.
He is also the first swimmer from Assam to cross the Catalina Channel in the US in 2019.

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