Ashrita Furman, 58, from New York, setting 378 Guinness World Records, has just arrived in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, planning to set another record.
After visiting Vinpearl Land, Tri Nguyen Aquarium, Hon Tam Island and other spots in Nha Trang City, he decided to choose a 4m-deep swimming pool in the Naval Academy for his performance.
He said, “I will skip rope underwater 9,000 times in one hour. I have practiced over two months in New York and Nha Trang.” Previously, he set underwater world records, such as twirling hula hoops underwater, juggling three balls at sea with a white shark, to name a few.
He said that in his childhood he was fond of world records in Guinness Book of Records, but he never thought of being one of those setting the largest number of world records. Since he set his first record in 1979, he has won many impressive records, such as 27.000 jumping–jacks in 6 hours, 45 minutes and 26 seconds, follow-rolling on a 25 km road in New York, juggling three balls in 23 min 28 seconds and so on.
Over the past years, he traveled and set records in 40 countries around the world, including Vietnam. “The world is a great family and I think what I have done will bring people around the world together and erase gaps between people and people” said Ashrita. “I believe that many people around the world, including Vietnamese, can beat my old records” he added.
He set up a website, www.ashrita.com for information of his own records. He also instructs people how to beat his records.
“This is the first time I come to Vietnam. People here are kind and friendly, the weather is great and landscapes are beautiful. I love Vietnam and am determined to set a new world record in the beautiful country” said Ashrita.
Translated by Tran Hoai