Satendra Singh Lohia of Madhya Pradesh becomes the first para swimmer in Asia to cross the North Channel

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  • On September 20, 2022, Madhya Pradesh’s Para Swimmer Satendra Singh Lohia has become the first Para Swimmer from Asia to cross the North Channel in Ireland.
  • Satendra Singh Lohia has created history by covering 36 km distance in 14 hours 39 minutes in 12 degrees Celsius temperature in North Channel, the world’s coldest channel. 
  • Satendra Singh who is 70 percent disabled in both the legs. He has set an Asian record by crossing the North Channel along with his other 3 teammates.
  • Para Swimmer Satendra Singh Lohia started swimming in the North Channel Sea at 6:31 am North Ireland time and 11 am Indian time. 
  • Satendra Singh won bronze for the first time in 2009 at the National Paralympic Swimming Championship in Kolkata.
  • Then in June 2018, he swam across the English Channel (36 km) through his Para Relay team, which is in England. After this, America’s Caitlyn crossed the channel in August 2019 and thus continued to grow again.
  • Satendra has achieved three medals with one gold in the Paralympic Swimmer Championship at the international level. In 2014, the Government of Madhya Pradesh honored him with the Vikram Award. Satendra has also received the ‘Best Disabled Player’ award on 3 December 2019 and Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award in 2020 on the occasion of World Disability Day. This award has been given to a disabled para swimmer for the first time. 

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