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Two Emiratis claim Guinness record titles

At the launch of Guinness World Records Day 2020, Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievements, has announced that two Emiratis, the footballer Areej Al-Hammadi and the fitness expert Walid Yari, are the newest title holders in the region.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Day (GWR Day) is an annual celebration of record-breaking, a day which sees thousands of people around the world come together with one common goal, to become a title holder.

First held in 2004 to mark Guinness World Records becoming the best-selling copyright book of all time, GWR Day is now a much-anticipated event each year that has inspired some iconic record-breaking achievements.

World Records Day 2020 is themed “Discover Your World”.  The initiative is encouraging people to take on a new challenge now that lockdown measures are easing, or simply turn a newfound skill or talent into a world record attempt.

GWR Day 2020 is taking place on Wednesday 18 November.

Areej Al-Hammadi, who plays for the UAE National Football Team, broke the record for soccer ball “hotstepping”, completing 86 repetitions of the ball control trick in 1 minute. She broke the previous record of 56 in the UK.

Al-Hammadi has paved her way to the top of women’s football in the MENA region. She is a creative services professional by day, and a footballer by night. She has lived most of her life chasing opportunities in football, forming football teams both in school and during higher studies at the American University in Dubai, and attending many of the women’s football championships within the MENA region, before she finally made it to the UAE National Football Team.

Walid Yari, smashed the record for the most side jump pushups in a minute, completing 33 flying pushups in a single minute, where the previous record stood at 26 in India. Known as “The Beast of the Middle East“, Yari is a 34-year-old fitness professional and social media content creator. He is taking the region by storm with a growing fan base of more than 650,000 followers on Instagram.

Eleonora Albertoni

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