Divyang Satendra Singh Lohia from Madhya Pradesh has become the first Asian swimmer to cross the Catalina Channel of America on Monday. Satendra holds the Asian record of crossing both the English and Catalina channels. Madhya Pradesh Sports Minister Jitu Patwari has congratulated Satendra on this achievement. Gwalior born Satendra led the Indian Para Relay team along with five team mates and crossed the Catalina Channel in 11 hours 34 minutes.
At that time, the water temperature was around 13 degrees Celsius. As per the official release, the Indian Para Relay Team started 42 km of swimming at 10.57 p.m. from St. Catalina Island and finished swimming at Los Angeles at 10.30 a.m. Satyendra was also honoured with the Vikram Award, the highest sports award in Madhya Pradesh.