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12:00 AM, April 30, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:43 PM, April 30, 2021

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Making the nation proud, one record at a time

Konok Karmakar holds the highest Guinness World Records from Bangladesh. A freestyle footballer, Karmakar graduated from Feni Polytechnic Institute. Currently, he has 15 Guinness World Records to his name. He set his first record in January 2019, by balancing 1,150 paper cups on his forehead.

His other records include balancing a guitar, eggs, pencils, toilet paper rolls, a lawnmower, and a chair, in different ways. He also created a record by balancing a football on his knee for the longest duration (4 minutes, 6 seconds, 2019).  "I love making records with my skills as a freestyle footballer," he explained. Some of his other notable records are the most football knee touches in a minute, most football arm rolls in a minute and most football head-stall to nose-stall transitions in a minute.

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When asked about how difficult it is to create such records, Karmakar shared that his only fear is getting injured. "The toughest task was to balance a lawnmower on my chin as I had to hold the 7.5 kg device for seven minutes," he added.

 

The lack of opportunities for freestylers often demotivate young people to participate in such activities. "I have faced a lot of financial obstacles. We need to invest money and time to make certain records and being a student, it is difficult for me to arrange funds," Karmakar shared.

"Creating a Guinness World Record for my country is a surreal experience. Through my work, I want to motivate young people to break records," he said. Karmakar shares tutorials on his YouTube channel, featuring step by step guides for people who wish to learn and replicate his tricks.

 

The author is a freelance journalist who likes reading, planning, and scribbling. Write to her at mislammonamee@gmail.com.

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