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After winning Ocean Sevens Prabhat Koli is now concentrating on his studies

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Prabhat Koli is a 23-year-old long-distance swimmer who is the youngest in the business to have achieved the rare feat of completing Ocean Sevens this year. Ocean Sevens is a marathon challenge that consists of open water swimming seven channels. It is equivalent to crossing Seven Summits in mountaineering. It includes the North Channel, the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Strait, and the Strait of Gibraltar. The North Channel that lies between Ireland and Scotland covers 34 Kilometers. The Cook Strait is between New Zealand’s North and South Islands and it covers a distance of 26 kilometers.

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The Molokai Channel is in Hawaii Islands, between Molokai and Oahu and it covers a distance of 44 km. The English Channel between England and France has 34 Kilometers while the Catalina Channel lies between Santa Catalina Island and Los Angeles at a distance of 32 kilometers. The Tsugaru Strait channel is in Japan, between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido and the distance is 20 kilometers. The last one of the Ocean Sevens is the Strait of Gibraltar which lies between Spain and Morocco and covers 16 kilometers.

Koli, having won all the channels of the Ocean Sevens previously, completed the last one on 1st March 2023, crossing Cook Strait in New Zealand in 8 hours and 41 minutes.

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Koli received Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award which was presented by president Ramnath Kovind and he was also awarded the Shiv Chhatrapati award, presented by the Maharashtra government.

Prabhat Koli: The Beginning

Prabhat used to do short-distance swimming in his childhood. He also competed in the state championships. But following advice from his childhood coach the resident of Navi Mumbai, he took up open water swimming.

He also came a long way since he first started swimming while growing up in Trombay Koliwada in Mumbai. He would regularly accompany his father, Raju Koli on a boat and take a dip in the Arabian Sea. But it was only after a swimming camp that the family realized his love for the water. His first timed sea swim was in 2012 when he took on the 34 km stretch between Dharamtar in Alibag and the Gateway of India. He continued doing several long routes around Mumbai and in August 2015 as well as 14 kilometers and 81 kilometers long-distance swimming on Hooghly and the Ganges, venturing out to attempt his first international swim. The following month, Prabhat Koli swam across the English Channel, which opened up a whole new world to him.

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The Experience

Prabhat, when asked about his experience, commented,

“They are all very demanding swims. For instance, Molokai took me over 17 hours, while the North Channel had freezing water and the threat of being stung by jellyfish.”

Koli who wrote on his twitter after completing Cook Strait, ‘Done and Dusted’ added,

“Considering the challenges in Cook Strait, the winds were unpredictable. The condition of the sea was changing rapidly. The wind started going across with a speed of 30 knots and the waves became too stubborn and stiff that it was tossing me around.”

Prabhat Koli’s Plans

Koli after having earned the rare achievement is now concentrating on his studies. He is studying MBA and will start planning only after acquiring the degree. 

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