Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Longest Distance in One Minute on Crutches: Tameru Zegeye breaks Guinness world record (VIDEOS)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -- A crowd of nearly 20 friends and family gathered to witness Tameru Zegeye, an Ethiopian athlete who grew up in the mountainous region of Welo, cover 76 meters in One Minute using just his hands and crutches down the track of the National Stadium in downtown Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, setting the new world record for the Longest Distance Traveled in One Minute while balanced on Crutches,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo:Tamiru Zegeye who is trying to set the Guinness Record for longest distance travelled while balancing on crutches on one's hands. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the fastest marathon on crutches was 6 hr 24 min 48 sec by John Sandford Hart (UK) at the 2011 Virgin London Marathon in London, UK.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the fastest ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro on crutches; it is 4 days 20 hours 30 minutes and was achieved by John Sandford Hart (UK) from 24 to 29 October 2009.
Ethiopia has a deep tradition for running and to pay homage to the country's athletes, Tameru's World Record was witnessed by Mohammed Aman—Olympic run ner and 800m Diamond League Champion—who acted as the World Record's adjudicator.
Other judges included Keith Bowers (Timekeeper) of the BBC, Natalie Miller VP of Africa for Operation Smile (NGO for people with disabilities), and Hannah Gibson, Country Director for Jhpiego (International NGO in maternal and child health).
The crowd cheered and Tameru's heart grew as he took one step further towards his dream of being recognized as the World Record Holder for his self-styled sport of balancing on crutches on his hands.
Tameru was born disabled and could not walk for the first 15 years of his life. After surgery, he felt empowered to start and finish high school, learn English and graduate from college with a degree in Tourism.
Today, Tameru's spirit has guided him to the world of disabled sports, and by setting this prestigious, new World Record, he believes he will be able to help and inspire other disabled athletes to realize their abilities and self worth.
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