Longest football throw-in - world record set
by Danny Brooks
HALIFAX, West Yorkshire, UK -- Danny Brooks,
28, has perfected a special flip that enabled him to throw
a football 163ft
3.8in (49.78 metres-half the length of a football field)-setting
the new world record for the Longest
football throw-in. (enlarge
photo) The former gymnast said: 'I realised
I could do a flip while holding the ball. 'I thought if I
could get the angles and timing right, I could beat the world
record for the Longest
The PE teacher from Halifax, West
Yorkshire, said: 'When it was confirmed it suddenly hit home,'
he told The Sun. 'I can't believe I'm the best in the world
The married teacher got the idea after watching
Stoke player Rory Delap cause chaos to defenders with his
ability to launch a football into the penalty box from the
sidelines. He said: "I thought, I can do that. Now eat your
heart out Rory Delap."
The previous Guinness world record for the Longest
football throw-in was set by America's Michael Lochner
with a 48.17m throw in 1998. Previously it was held by Tranmere's
Dave Challinor who chucked a ball 46.34 metres.