Jayant Jaiprakash Duble Swims A Fast Palk Strait Crossing
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
18-year-old Jayant Jaiprakash Duble from Nagpur, Maharashtra, India completed a 29 km crossing of the Palk Strait between Talaimannar in Sri Lanka and Arichalmunai (Dhanushkodi) in India on March 26th in 9 hours 20 minutes. His swim was delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but his father Dr. Jaiprakash Duble and Dr. Sambhaji Bhonsale, India Swimming Federation observer Tamil Vanan, lifeguards, local fishermen, and pace swimmers were finally able to support him and witness his success.
His crossing was the second fastest in Palk Strait history behind 29-year-old M. Tulasi Chaitanya who took 8 hours 25 minutes. He explains, “From Talaimannar, in northwestern coast of Mannar Island in Sri Lanka where I plunged in Palk Strait at 2:25 am on March 26th and finished at 11:45 am the same day at Arichalmunai (Dhanushkodi), India. This solo swim was organized by JD Sports Youth Foundation, Nagpur, India and National Institute of Swimming.
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