The Assam Kaziranga University

Elvis Ali Hazarika of Assam and Rimo Saha of West Bengal, two long-distance swimmers from India, have created history by becoming the first relay team from our nation and Asia to cross the North Channel in Europe.

With this, Hazarika also becomes the first Assamese swimmer to crosse the North Channel, a channel that separates north-eastern Northern Ireland from south-western Scotland.

Swimmer Elvis Ali Hazarika traversed the North Channel of Europe in 14 hours and 38 minutes. Elvis is the first aged swimmer from India to traverse the North Channel.

Taking to Instagram, he wrote, “I have been waiting for this day since a long time. After a lot of efforts and hours of pushing myself to work harder, every day, I successfully have become the first Assamese (North East) to cross the North Channel by swimming it in Relay Northern Ireland to Scotland. We had to go through a lot of challenges. Especially, the huge Jellyfish that were accompanying us all the way!”

“We are the first Asian Relay team to cross the North Channel and I am the first oldest swimmer from India to have crossed the North Channel to clock a time of 14hrs 38mins,” added Elvis Ali Hazarika in the caption.

“A dream come true, and proud moment for all Indians and Assamese people.
Thank you to all my friends, family, specially Pranami and Presley, for all your love and support. This is also my gift to my wife on her birthday,” he wrote.

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