China University of Mining and Technology announced that its 51-year-old gym teacher Zhou Dao-hua found a place in the Guinness World Records for the longest consecutive time spent juggling a soccer ball: 42,650 times in 6 hours, 23 minutes and 25 seconds, according to China News, adding yet another feat to China’s extensive list of bizarre Guinness World Record victories.
Zhou made the achievement on March 2 and applied for the new record which surpassed the old world record broken in 2010 (25,772 times in 3 hours 41 minutes 8 seconds).
Zhou said he had been training in soccer formally and intensively since the age of seven and even devoted his spare time to practice. Soccer juggling was one of his favorite soccer skills. “It’s my honor to have broken the record. I really thank the University for supporting me and I’ll keep on practicing soccer in order to win glory for the University. I have been training for this achievement for more than one year. It’s all matter of intensive practice.”
On May 8, he was issued the personal Guinness World Records certificate. Now, Zhou has been glorified on campus, even dubbed “The God of Soccer” by students on campus. Watch out, Beckham.
“I wish to break a new record of 50,000 times at the end of the year” he said.
[Images via China News]
By Christy Mak