Swimmer Elvis Ali Hazarika from Assam in an attempt to swim across the English Channel covered 29 kilometer in 10 hours and 15 minutes. Elvis becomes the first from Northeast India to swim 29 kms in the Channel at 12 degrees which fell to 11 degrees centigrade later.
After swimming for 10 hours, Elvis was instructed to stop by his doctor and trainer, keeping in mind the low temperature of the sea.
The ace swimmer, since childhood, has won as many as 68 national and 6 international gold medals. At the age of 9, he represented the nation in the Asia Pacific Swimming Championship in 1991.
He also represented India in South Asian Federation Games in 1995 and 1999 and the World Police Games in 2009. He also represented the State of Assam in the All India Pacific National Aquatic Games Sub Junior and Senior Aquatic National Championship and National Games.
Besides sharpening his swimming skills, Elvis also underwent fitness training with body-builder Mahadev Deka. Yoga and meditation were also part of his preparation.
After his successful English Channel Swim of 29 kms in ice cold water, Elvis Ali Hazarika along with his pilot cum guide Fredrick Mardle was seen holding the Axomiya Gamosa and the Indian National flag in a photo.