Our Sports Reporter
GUWAHATI: Former international swimmer from Assam Elvis Ali Hazarika scripted history by crossing the Catalina Channel in the US today. He is the first swimmer from the Northeast to achieve this feat.
Elvis, who had earlier swum 29km of the 34km English Channel, involved in a relay swimming with another swimmer from West Bengal Rimo Saha in Catalina Channel.
The swim started at Santa Catalina Island in the US and ended at Rancho Palos Verdes in Mexico covering a total distance of 40km in 10 hours 59 minutes.
All along, he had to brave sharks and dolphins in the water channel.
It may be mentioned here that Elvis was invited by the Catalina Channel Swimming Foundation of Southern California to cross the channel. The swimmer accepted the invitation immediately. Later Elvis told the media that he decided to cross the channel to pay tributes to two Guwahati youth Abhijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das who were brutally beaten to death by a mob suspecting them child-lifters in Karbi Anglong.
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