Manipur athlete creates new world push up record using two fingers

Imphal, Wed, 31 Oct 2012 ANI

Imphal, Oct.31 (ANI): Sportspersons are on a roll in Manipur and in other parts of the north-east. A short time ago, Abhijit Baruah created two world records, and now Imphal-based Maibam Itomba Meitei created a third one by doing 20 push-ups using just two fingers.

Meitei created the record in just 30.906 seconds, as a large crowd turned up to cheer him at the Jawaharlal Nehru Dance Academy Auditorium in Imphal.

The previous record is 26 pull ups in a minute.

"Usually, I can do 30 pull ups in a minute whenever I practice at home. But today I did less than that as it was a new bar and my finger kept slipping, and couldn't cross 20 pull ups. I could have done better than that," said Metei.

Twenty-four-year-old Itomba is determined to create a world record and looks forward to performing better the next time.

Itomba has won several medals in National Weightlifting Championships and he trained at Sports Authority of India facility at Takyelpat in Manipur for this record attempt.

"It was a significant and a fantastic attempt. He did 20 pull ups in 30 seconds. He has done more than the previous world record attempt so I believe his attempt should be recognized as the new Guinness world record, said K.Khosana, an official of the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports in Manipur.

Many sports persons like Mary Kom, Laishram Devendro Singh, Sonia Chanu and Somdev Debburman have made a mark in different international sporting events.

Their success is indicative of the capabilities of sportspersons from the Northeast to win laurels at the highest levels. (ANI)

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