Aircraftman Roshan Abeysundara sets new Asian record by swimming across Palk Strait in record time

April 11, 2021 at 10:06 AM

Airforce Swimmer leading Aircraftman Roshan Abeysundara sets a new Asian record by swimming 59 kilometers 300 meters across the palk strait in 28 hrs & 19 min 43 seconds.

Roshan Abeysundara embarked on a challenging endeavor of swimming across the Palk Strait from Talaimannar to Dhanishkodi and back yesterday.

He returned to the Island this morning completing the challenge in record 28 hrs & 19 min 43 seconds.

Roshan Abeysundar is 32 years old and a product of Mathara Central College. An enlisted airman of Sri Lanka Air Force since 2008, he has successfully participated in various Adventure Sea- Swimming expeditions in Sri Lanka. With great determination he successfully completed Sri Lankan National Swimming record  of 49km in 23hrs on 26 Mar 21.

Though 14 swimmers have crossed the Palk Strait to date, the unique feat of swimming back had been undertaken by only one Sri Lankan before. Kumar Anandan did it in 1971, taking 51 hrs to complete the event. (NewsWire)