Brojen Das

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Brojen Das (Bengali: ব্রজেন দাস Brojen Daːsh) (9 December 1927 – 1 June, 1998) was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1965 as an Honour Swimmer and a 1956 Olympian from Pakistan. He was the first Asian to swim across the English Channel when he succeeded in 1958. He crossed the English Channel a total of six times to become King of the Channel® from 1960 to 1974, setting four records in the process. He also held the record for the fastest crossing for three years and swam in the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli. He met Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, after his last channel crossing in 1961.


Early life

Das was born in the Kuchiamora village of Bikrampur, Munshiganj District in Bangladesh (then part of British India). After his primary education in his native village, he passed matriculation in 1946 from the KL Jubilee High School, Dhaka and received his Intermediate and Bachelor of Arts from Vidyasagar College, Kolkata.






Das died on 1 June, 1998.

Namesake Race

There is an international 10 km open water swimming competition named after Das, Brojen Das Open Water Challenge 2012.

List of Kings of the Channel®

King of the Channel® - Letona TrophyNumber of Crossings Years Held Title
Captain Matthew Webb11875-1934
Edward Temme21934-1951
William Barnie31951-1960
Brojen Das4-61960-1974
Melvyn Sharp71974-1975
Des Renford8-161975-1979
Michael Read17-181979-1980
Des Renford191980
Michael Read20-311980-2000
Kevin Murphy322000-2004
Michael Read332004-2006
Kevin Murphy342006-

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