free throws in one hour-world record set by Mike Campbell
24] DENVER-- Local resident Mike Campbell has set a new Guinness
World Record for the most successful free throws in one hour, with
He has five or six balls going at a time and someone
right at his elbow to keep feeding him basketballs. Campbell is
from New Jersey and says he is a basketball nut. He started shooting
free-throws early on.
"Almost nobody shoots 90 percent, even in the NBA,"
said one of the shirts players in the crowd. At the end of an hour,
Campbell fired off his last ball and it was an air ball.
But what was the final count? He needed 1,272. He made
66 more than that. Even those unhappy shirts and skins players had
to congratulate him.
Mike Campbell's world record from last year, which was
1,197 made of 1,347 attempts set July 21, 2006, at the Princeton
Family YMCA is in the current Guinness Book of World Records, 2008
After recently coordinating with Guinness World Records
to finalize another attempt, Campbell learned that his record had
been broken by an athlete from the United Kingdom and was now 1,271
successful free throws which is slightly more than 21 free throws
a minute for an entire hour!
Since the only way to break this new record was to
take more shots and shoot at a high percentage, his game plan was
to shoot at a very quick pace of about a shot every 2.5 seconds
and hopefully make 90 percent.
Upon completion of the one hour, he had made 1,338
of 1,517 attempts and regained the Guinness World Record for the
most successful free throws in one hour. He shot slightly quicker
than the planned pace and at 88.20 percent overall was near the
target percentage. The average was more than 22 free throws a minute.
free throws in one hour-world record