Indian upgrades own Guinness record
Tirtha Kumar Phani has improved upon his own world record for the Greatest Average Mileage Run Daily.kolkata Updated: Dec 19, 2007 11:07 IST
Three years after finding an entry into the Guinness Book, long distance runner Tirtha Kumar Phani has now improved upon his own world record for the Greatest Average Mileage Run Daily.
Phani, now 48 years of age, had etched his name in the 2004 and 2005 editions of the prestigious almanac for his astounding feat of running an average of 61.824 km a day for a whole year from August, 2006 to July, 1997. He had then covered more than 22,000 km over a one-year period.
Phani, who hails from Lalgola in West Bengal's Murshidabad district but now settled in the metropolis, achieved a new record in the same category by running an average of 61.866 km a day from June 30, 2006 to June 29, 2007 here. He ran a total of 22,581.09 km spread over the one-year period.
The bespectacled Phani has received a certificate and a letter from the Guinness World Records confirming the improved mark.
"The Greatest Average Mileage Run Daily is 61.866 km (38.44 miles) and was achieved by Tirtha Kumar Phani (India) from June 30, 2006 to June 29, 2007, in Calcutta, India," said the certificate and the letter.
However, the letter said that the certificate did not guarantee Phani an automatic entry into the organisation's world famous annual books. But it said, "We do consider all new records for inclusion in all future Guinness World Record publication and products".
Phani told PTI that he attempted to better his old record as per the directive of the GWR.