S'porean world record for most pull-ups in 1 min: 6 other S'pore world records

S'porean world record for most pull-ups in 1 min: 6 other S'pore world records

SINGAPORE - Singaporean Yeo Kim Yeong, 25, broke the world record for the most number of pull-ups done in one minute. He managed 44 pull-ups at Genesis Gym on June 15, under the watchful eye of a Guinness World Records representative.

This is two more than the previous record of 42 set by American David Bourdon.

The National University of Singapore undergraduate, who has been obsessed with pull-ups since the age of 15, is already eyeing more challenges.

He said: "Possibly involving anything to do with pull-ups and body weight.

I am a small guy, so it is more advantageous to me to focus on anything to do with body weight."

He is not the only Singaporean to eye, and break, world records.

Here are six other Guinness World Records held by Singaporeans.

World's largest walking event

The New Paper Big Walk held in 2000 currently holds the Guinness World Record as the world's biggest walking event. A record 77,500 participants joined in to mark the 10th anniversary of the event at the National Stadium.

Longest scuba submergence in a controlled environment

In 2005, adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow broke the Guinness World Record for the longest scuba dive done in a controlled environment.

He stayed submerged for 220 hours - from December 16 to 25 - breaking the previous record by seven hours and 30 minutes.

The 51-year-old emerged from a specially-built mineral water tank, where the public were able to interact and encourage him through a viewing panel, at Tampines Central, at 7.34pm on Christmas Day.

During the stint, Mr Khoo only had isotonic and fruit drinks and took toilet breaks in a special dry chamber.

The previous record was held by a Briton who stayed underwater for 212 hours and 30 minutes in 1986.

World's longest satay

Measuring 140.02 metres, the dish was made with a whopping 150 kilograms of chicken and grilled by 150 people.

The event was organised by Kopitiam Group at Lau Pa Sat in 2007.

World's largest lantern parade

In September 2008, a record number of 10,568 participants took to the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) tunnel with battery-operated lanterns, bagging world's largest lantern parade record.

The previous record was set in Kiel, Germany with 2,204 lanterns in 2001.

The Swing KPE event was organised by the Land Transport Authority to celebrate the completion of Southeast Asia's longest underground expressway.

World's largest cha cha dance

Organised by Edgefield Primary School, the dance involved 3,379 participants including the school's pupils, parents and staff.

They set a Guinness World Record for getting the most number of people - more than 3,300 - to do the cha-cha at the same time.

The event was part of the school's 10th anniversary celebration in 2011.

World's largest cupcake mosaic

About 1,000 volunteers baked their way to the Guinness World Record by making the world's largest cupcake mosaic.

Organised by the Ayer Rajah Community Centre in 2012, the mosaic - displaying a pair of hands cupping the Singapore flag in a heart - made up of 20,000 cupcakes.

Volunteers spent two days baking the cupcakes, using 600kg of cake mix, 350kg of eggs, 300kg of vegetable oil and 700kg of fondant.

The event also raised more than $100,000 for charity.


This article was first published on June 26, 2015.
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