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14 August 2014

Manipur Youth Makes it to Guinness Book

By K Sarojkumar Sharma

Imphal, Aug 14 : Even before celebrations over the feat of state athletes at the recently concluded Glasgow Commonwealth Games could die down, a local youth has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for his eye-grabbing "magic pull-ups".

The 26-year-old weightlifter, Maibam Itomba, stunned viewers during his second successful attempt for the world record on March 15 this year as he did 16 pull-ups with his deft fingers in 30 just seconds during an official function at the SAI NERC complex here.

A resident of Naoremthong Samusang in Imphal West, Itomba made his first attempt on October 14, 2012, at the JN Manipur Dance Academy here.

"I am so happy that the Guinness authorities have given me recognition. I will continue to practice so that no one in the world can beat me," said an elated Itomba on Wednesday.

In 2007, the young weightlifter had bagged silver at a national championship in Imphal.

"On July 24 I received the official mail from Guinness informing me that my name would be included in the book. I received the hard copy of the record certificate yesterday," he said.

Prior to this, in 2002, Manipur agriculturist M Okendra had entered the Guinness book by grooming his 61 feet "Duranta erecta" (an ornamental plant cultivated in tropical and subtropical gardens, locally known as "Sambalei sekpil") at his Sagolband Sayang residential complex in Imphal West.


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