Tuesday October 26, 2004

Youth sets record for running backwards

FILE photo of S.Moganasundar. - Bernamapix
IPOH Oct 25 - A 22-year-old electronic engineering diploma-holder's sacrifice in turning down job offers for three years in a bid to accomplish his dream paid off when he completed the longest non-stop backward run Sunday.
S. Moganasundar earned a place in the "Malaysia Book of Records" by running backwards for 30 km when he covered 75 laps at the 400m-track at the Perak Stadium here Sunday night.
The Gunung Rapat lad completed the grueling event in three hours, 30 minutes and 35 seconds to become the first man in the country achieve the feat.
Previously, another Ipoh athlete, G. Deo, created several records by walking backwards and walking 222 km from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands.
Malaysia Book of Records representative, Sujatha Nair, who presented a certificate to endorse Moganasundar's achievement, said the record would also be submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records for recognition.
She said there was an entry for a similar feat, covering 42 km, in the world book of records.
After the event, Moganasundar said he was very happy to achieve the feat after training hard for the past two years.
"I am happy I did this ... I always wanted to do something meaningful in life. I was prepared to turn down job offers since 2001 just to do this," he said.
Moganasundar said he wanted to hold the event last year but could not proceed because of lack of funds and he was fortunate that the Panthers Athletic Club came to his rescue.
"It was not an easy feat as I almost gave up after 25 laps when suddenly my vision was blurred. But my two coaches, K. Jeyabalan and T. Sivakumar, kept me going by their constant encouragement," he said.

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