Faster, farther, stronger: A chin-up for the records

Pushing a running electric lawnmower for 71m is not really hard, but try doing that distance not pushing it, but balancing it on your chin. New Yorker Ashrita Furman broke, by more than 50m, his own Guinness World Record for "the farthest distance wa
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Pushing a running electric lawnmower for 71m is not really hard, but try doing that distance not pushing it, but balancing it on your chin. New Yorker Ashrita Furman broke, by more than 50m, his own Guinness World Record for "the farthest distance walked balancing a powered lawnmower on the chin". When he finally lowered the grass-cutter to the pavement, Mr Furman had travelled 71.53m, easily besting his previous and still-existing record of 20m. "I pushed beyond what I had done before by a lot and I'm very, very happy," Mr Furman said on Thursday. Although he made it look easy, Mr Furman said he was constantly battling the elements. "Wind is really your enemy in this kind of balancing, and I had a couple of gusts of wind where the lawnmower felt is was going to spin off," he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2017, with the headline 'Faster, farther, stronger: A chin-up for the records'. Print Edition | Subscribe