THREE youths from Penang created four new records that found a place in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR).
Freelance designer Omprekash Gunabalan, 24, created two records in separate events.
They were the ‘Longest Distance Vehicle Pull With Little Fingers (Male)’ for a distance of 86.5m, and ‘Heaviest Weight Lifted By Two Middle Fingers (Male)’ for lifting 91kg in weights, for nine seconds.
Company clerk Boo Chai Yee, 24, set a new record for the ‘Most Burpees in One Minute (Female)’ doing a total of 33 burpees, with the chest touching the ground for every burpee.
Burpee or squat thrust, is a full body exercise used in strength training and as an aerobic exercise.
The third record was set by salesman Seah Zhang Yu, 23, for the ‘Fastest 400m Frog Jump (Male)’ which he completed in 6:53.
Omprekash, who is the younger of two sons of Penang women and family development, gender inclusiveness and non-Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Chong Eng, said he had been training for the event since the beginning of the year.
He said he was previously not involved in sports until his coach M. Thanabalasingam from Fitness District Gym gave him the confidence to believe in himself.
“I hope that my accomplishments will inspire others to try new things,” he said after receiving his MBOR certificates at the Seberang Prai Municipal Council sports complex in Jalan Betek, Bukit Mertajam, on Sunday.
Thanabalasingam said efforts would be made to enter Omprekash’s feats in the Guinness World Records, adding that the youth was the only person in South-East Asia who had succeeded in lifting 91kg in 9 seconds using two fingers.
The coach expressed appreciation for the good support received from the Youth and Sports Ministry and the Penang state government.
The records were created at the sports complex in conjunction with the Seberang Prai Municipal Council’s Family Fun Day event.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow presented the certificates on behalf of MBOR. — Bernama