Veteran Assamese swimmer, Elvis Ali Hazarika has become the first from the North East to cross the North Channel. The North Channel is the strait between north-eastern Northern Ireland and south-western Scotland. Elvis and his team clocked a timing of 14 hours 38 minutes to achieve this feat. With this, Elvis has become the oldest Indian swimmer to cross the North Channel.
According to the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association, the distance of the route recognised as a North Channel swim is 34.5 km (21.4 miles). It is known for fickle weather, rough seas, tough currents and an abundance of jellyfish. As it is, over the past four years especially, the ace Assam swimmer has been pushing his limits, persevering and raising the bar from time to time to create significant records, also making Assam and the country proud.
Other records of Elvis Ali:
- Last year, Elvis achieved the feat of becoming the first Assamese to swim from Dharamtar Jetty to the Gateway of India in Mumbai.
- Four years ago, he swam 29 kilometres of the 34-km English Channel, again becoming the first Assamese to achieve the feat.
- Again, in August 2019, he became the first Assamese swimmer to successfully cross the Catalina Channel. He embarked on his journey from the United States and swam across the Catalina Channel to reach Mexico after covering 80 km within 10 hours and 59 minutes.