Assam Swimmer Elvis Ali Hazarika becomes first from Northeast to cross Catalina Channel


Guwahati: Former international swimmer Elvis Ali Hazarika from Assam has created history by crossing the Catalina Channel in the US. He is the first swimmer from the Northeast to achieve such a milestone. The 34-year-old swimmer covered a distance of 80 km from the US to Mexico in 10 hours 59 minutes.

Elvis dedicated his remarkable journey to Abhi-Neel.  Both the youths were from Guwahati and  were lynched in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district last year.

Abhijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das, both music enthusiasts, were brutally beaten to death by a mob which suspected them to be child-lifters.

At the age of 9, Elvis represented India in the Asia Pacific Swimming Championship in the year 1991.

In 1995 and 1999 he again represented the nation in South Asian Federation Games.

Elvis also represented India  in the  World Police Games in 2009 and Assam in the All-India-Pacific National Aquatic Games, Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior Aquatic National Championship and National Games.

Hazarika  has won 68 national and 6 international gold medals.