- Title: USA: NEW YORKER BREAKS WORLD RECORD FOR BACKWARDS BOWLING
- Date: 19th May 2005
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MAY 19, 2005) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1. BOWLING ALLEY IN QUEENS 2. ASHRITA FURMAN WARMING UP 3. VARIOUS OF FURMAN BOWLING 4. CROWD IN BOWLING ALLEY APPLAUDING FURMAN 5. SOUNDBITE (English) FURMAN SAYING: "The challenge is obviously you can't see the pins, so it requires very focussed concentration on the floor. So really the only thing you can go by are the spots on the floor. So very very intense concentration." 6. CROWD WATCHING FURMAN BOWL BACKWARDS 7. CROWD APPLAUDING FURMAN 8. FURMAN BOWLING BACKWARDS 9. CROWD WATCHING 10. FURMAN BOWLS A STRIKE 11. WOMAN WATCHING FURMAN BOWLING BACKWARDS 12. FURMAN BEING CONGRATULATED ON BREAKING THE WORLD RECORD 13. SOUNDBITE (English) FURMAN SAYING: "I feel very very very happy. There is a lot of pressure and in the end I did three strikes in a row to break it (the world record) so I could not be happier." 14. SCORE ON BOARD 15. CLOSE UP OF ASHRITA'S RECORD BREAKING SCORE OF 160 POINTS 16. FURMAN BOWLING BACKWARDS Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 3rd June 2005 13:00
- Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVAAZCE2FYD58SAY4GGNU2YVB1K3
- Story Text: The man who holds the most Guinness World Records'
strikes again - by bowling backwards to another record.
New Yorker Ashrita Furman added yet another world
record to his already versatile list , by breaking the
record for bowling backwards.
The unusual athlete, who has become famous for stunts
like climbing Mount Fuji on a pogo stick, and juggling
three balls while running, broke the record for bowling
backwards on Thursday (May 19), beating the last record of
139 points by 21 points.
Furman's attempt caused some interest with patrons at
the bowling alley in New York , as he started bowling
facing the opposite direction to the bowling pins.
He caused plenty of applause and a few jaws to drop as
he bowled several strikes till he achieved the record
breaking score of 160 points.
Furman said it was almost like bowling blind-folded.
"The challenge is obviously you can't see the pins, so
it requires very focussed concentration on the floor. So
really the only thing you can go by are the spots on the
floor. So very very intense concentration," said Furman.
The previous record was held by Dell Lawson in 2002, in
Florida, with a score of 139.
Officially Furman currently holds 27 records Guinness
World Records, and overall has broken 93 world records in
Furman also holds a versatility record for holding ten
records in totally unrelated categories.
Some of the most extreme Ashrita has won include jumping
rope while bouncing on a pogo stick, with 156 jumps in a
minute, and being the fastest stilt walker, covering 8
kilometers in 39 minutes and 56 seconds.
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