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Kshitindra Chandra Baisya

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Kshitindra Chandra Baisya's Kangsha River swim was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Kshitindra Chandra Baisya swimming down the Kangsha River in northern Bangladesh in August 2017
Kshitindra Chandra Baisya swimming down the Kangsha River in northern Bangladesh in August 2017
Kshitindra Chandra Baisya is a nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, part of the WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Kshitindra Chandra Baisya swimming down the Kangsha River in Bangladesh in September 2018

Kshitindra Chandra Baisya (or Khitindra Chandra Baishya or Khitindra Chandra Boishya, born 23 May 1952 at Jahangirpur village) is a 67-year-old open water swimmer from Bangladesh who is a member of the 24-hour Club. Kshitindra did his studies at the University of Dhaka and is from Jahangirpur in Madan upazila of Netrokona. He worked at Civil Aviation as an ANS Inspector with the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh and is a multi-time member of the 24-Hour Club.

Open Water Swimming Highlights

  • On 16 September 1974, he completed a 93 hour 11-minute open water swim in the pond of Jagannath Hall at Dhaka University at the age of 22.
  • On 14 October 1976, he swam for 108 hours 5 minutes in the pond/tank of Jagannath Hall at Dhaka University at the age of 24 from 4:00 pm on 14 October 1976 to 4:05 am on 19 October 1976 organized by Dhaka University Central Students Union.
  • In 1980, he crossed 74 km of the Bhagirathi’s course in Murshidabad district of India in 12 hours 28 minutes at the age of 28.
  • He swam 146 km in 43 hours 12 minutes down the Kangsha River from the Sarachapur Bridge in Mymensingh’s Phulpur upazila in Bangladesh at 6:50 pm on Friday, 4 August 2017 and reached his destination under the Mogra Bridge in Netrokona’s Madan upazila at 2:15 pm on Sunday, 6 August 2017 at the age of 66. The swim was observed by representatives of the local administration, the media and sports personalities in an escort boat, and organized by the Phulpur Upazila Muktijoddha Command and Madan Upazila Nagarik Committee together with event organizer Dewan Modasser Hossain.
  • He swam 185 km down the Kangsha River and Magra River from Vogai bridge in Nalitabari upazila of Sherpur and ended at Mogra river ghat in Madan upazila of Netrokona in northern Bangladesh on 3-5 September 2018 in 60 hours 55 minutes from 7:00 am on 3 September 2018 to 7:55 pm on 5 September 2018. Madan Upazila, Nagarik Committee and Nalitabari Pourasava, Sherpur supported Kshitindra in his solo swim at the age of 67.
  • He was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2019 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

185 km 60 Hour 55 Minute Solo Swim


Kshitindra Chandra Baisya swimming at his all-day pace on 3 September 2018 down the Kangsha River


Kshitindra Chandra Baisya swimming at his all-day pace on 3 September 2018 down the Kangsha River

Kshitindra Chandra Baisya swimming at night on the first night of his 60 hour 55 minute solo swim down the Kangsha River in northern Bangladesh

2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees

Kshitindra Chandra Baisya's marathon swim was nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Barbados Open Water Swimming Festival with Kristina Evelyn & Zary Evelyn (Barbados)
2. Kshitindra Chandra Baisya (Bangladesh)
3. Sven Eckardt (Germany)
4. India National Open Long Distance Swimming Championship Escort Rowers (India)
5. Margarita Llorens Bagur (Spain)
6. Igor Lukin (Russia)
7. Madswimmer by Jean Craven (South Africa)
8. Marc-Antoine Olivier (France)
9. Stephen Rouch (USA)
10. Jason Snell (Great Britain)
11. Christof Wandratsch (Germany)
12. Wild Swimming Brothers (Great Britain)

2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination

Kshitindra Chandra Baisya is not well-known among the English Channel swimming crowd or elite FINA professional marathon competitors, but his solo marathon swim of 146 km down the Kangsha River in northern Bangladesh took him an agonizing 43 hours 25 minutes. His swim was both massively impressive and profoundly simple, especially considered he swam without goggles and well-equipped escort boats. For coming back out of retirement and completing his farewell swim in his native land at the age of 66, for organizing a solo, non-stop marathon swim observed by government officials, media representatives and sports personalities, for pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the open water, Kshitindra Chandra Baisya’s marathon swim is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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