Written by Zulfick Farzan
11 Apr, 2021 | 2:41 am
Colombo (News 1st); Leading Aircraftman Roshan Abeysundara, a promising swimming start from the SLAF is attempting to create a world record by swimming across the Palk Strait from Sri Lanka to Indian.
“I hope to complete this feat in under 35 hours,”Abeysundara told reporters before setting out to sea.
His passion for swimming has led him on the path of entering the Guinness World Record Book as he swims to renew V.S. Kumar Anandan’s 50-year-old record which was set in 1971 by swimming the Palk Strait in 51 hours.
Roshan will swim from Mannar to Danuskodi, Rameshwaran in India and back, covering a distance of 59.3 Kms.
In line with his special effort, Leading Aircraftman Abeysundara called on the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana before departing for Mannar to embark on his record-breaking mission.
The Commander presented him with a thermal swimming kit which would assist heavily during the record-breaking attempt.
During his preparation for, Leading Aircraftman Roshan Abeysundara renewed the National open water swimming record twice within a short time period.
He created a new record by swimming a 25Km distance from Matara to Koggala on January 3, 2021 clocking a time of 10 hours and 37 minutes and went on to renew the record by swimming a distance of 49Km from Matara to Hikkaduwa and back to Unawatuna on 27 February 2021 with a timing of 23 hours and 10 minutes.
Leading Aircraftman Abeysundara is a Level III swimming instructor affiliated to American Swimming Coaches Association and has undergone training from the legendary Julian Bolling.
He is an experienced life guard who has obtained the Level II standard from Sri Lanka Life Saving.
Born 1989 in the Southern coastal city of Talalla, Leading Aircraftman Abeysundara is a born swimmer whose forte being open water swimming.
He entered competitive swimming as a schoolboy at the Matara Central College.
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