It’s been a record-breaking summer thanks to the incredible efforts of our athletes. But even the likes of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis would struggle to compete with some of the entries in the latest Guinness Book of World Records.
Among the wacky wonders to find a place in the 2013 edition is Popeye lookalike Moustafa Ismail and his monstrous biceps, and a man with the tallest mohican hairstyle, measuring a towering 3ft 8in.
It’s not just humans either, with all creatures great and small snatching a few records — from a mighty Great Dane to a teeny bull.
The 57th version of best-selling reference book also features new verified entries for the world’s heaviest sportswoman and the most conquests of Mount Everest, as well as the tallest ever dog.
Being published in 22 languages in more than 100 countries, the 2013 Guinness World Records is expected to sell around 2.7 million copies and documents numerous new extremes relating to the human body.
These include 86-year-old Johanna Quaas, a retired PE teacher from Leipzig, Germany, who is named the oldest gymnast; Egyptian-born Moustafa Ismail, recognised for having the largest ‘guns’ – biceps and triceps – with a circumference of 25.5in; and London-based sumo wrestler Sharran
Alexander, who weighs 203.21 kg (32 stone), who was named the world’s heaviest sportswoman. Bodybuilder Mr Ismail, now living in Franklin, Massachusetts, has arms with a greater circumference than the average human head.
The 24-year-old, originally from Alexandria, Egypt, hopes his record-breaking status will be a springboard to become a professional body-builder. Among the new edition’s animal-based records are new bests for the shortest bull and the tallest dog, a Great Dane measuring 44in from foot to withers.
Other records in the 57th edition of the book include the lowest roadworthy car – a vehicle created by students and teachers in Asakuchi, Japan, which measures 45.2cm (17.79in) from the ground to its highest part.
The City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, also enters the new edition, with a record enrolment of 39,437 pupils for the 2010-2011 academic year.
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