Irfan Mehsud is a young Pakistani athlete. This guy belongs to the Ladha Tehsil of South Waziristan. He is a martial artist who has a degree in sports sciences. Irfan also holds an MS in finance. He is a well rounded person. Also, he has immense interest in everything sports. This is why he trains hard to reach the goals he has set for himself. He is the first Pakistani to hold 43 Guinness world records to his name.
He is a one man army who doesn’t have any trainer or special dietician. There is no extra help for him in achieving his goals, and his gym is the vast grounds of Waziristan. Thus, he had to work twice harder than his competitors. Because of no facilities from the state, he had to train during the tribal wars. There was an uncertain socio-political situation of the area where he lives.
He is a true sportsman. Also, he had bettered his circumstances and brought honor to Pakistan. He is a national hero. Many young Pakistani athletes look up to him for guidance.
Guinness World Records’ website says that the idea of Guinness came in 1950. Sir Hugh Beaver (1890—1967) introduced it. There, he and his hosts argued about the fastest game bird in Europe, and failed to find an answer in any reference book. In 1954, Sir Hugh had the idea for a Guinness promotion. It was for settling pub arguments. He invited the twins Norris (1925—2004) and Ross McWhirter (1925—75).
They were fact-finding researchers from Fleet Street. These two wanted to compile a book of facts and figures. Guinness Superlatives got initiated on 30 November. The office opened in two rooms in a converted gymnasium on the top floor of Ludgate House,107 Fleet Street.
Many Pakistanis have worked hard to beat the world records to get their name in the list of Guinness world record holders, such as:
- Abdul Sattar Edhi for largest volunteer ambulance service.
- Arfa Abdul Karim for being the youngest Microsoft certificate holder.
- Ali Moin Nawazish for scoring the most As in A level Examination.
- Meher Gul for taking the least time to arrange her chest set.
- Dr Naeem Taj for removing the world’s longest gallbladder.
- Sumail Hassan Syed for being the youngest gamer.
- Peek Freans Sooper for making the largest cookie mosaic.
- Malala Yousfzai for being the youngest Nibel Laureate.
- Shoaib Akhtar for being the fastest bowler in cricket.
- Zafar Gill for lifting the heaviest object with his ears.
- Jehangir Khan for his unbeaten squash streak.
- Muhammad Rashid, also known as Pakistan’s Bruce Lee for holding a whopping 62 records in the martial arts.
Guinness world records get created and broken everyday. They normally revolve around something unique or unheard of. Furthermore, if you wish the world should learn about you and your achievements, you need to register yourself with the Guinness World Records. and fill an application form. After this, your application will be reviewed by a panel to decide whether you deserve to hold a record or not.
Irfan Mehsud’s World Guinness Records
Irfan Mehsud is the holder of 43 Guinness world records till now. All his titles are in the field of sports, since he is a renowned Pakistani martial artist. Also, he is in his mid 30s, and works tirelessly hard to maintain his records. He has recently broken the world record of completing 60 pushups in one minute, with one leg raised, carrying a 100 lb backpack.
This record was previously held by Eric Lejeune, who belongs to France. Irfan Mehsud has beaten him by seven push ups. It should be stated here that Eric Lejeune also holds the record of being the world’s strongest man. To be the strongest man in a sport is something big!
Beating the french man, Irfan Mehsud said, “I broke France’s Eric Lejeune’s record to achieve the feat. Eric had made 31 in one minute while I did 43,” Mehsood said.I have earned a total of 43 Guinness World Record titles, 23 of which are for various push-up challenges.”
In addition to this, Irfan Mehsud has several other speed challenge records to his name. He mostly competes in ‘in a minute’ challenges. These include:
While receiving his 32nd Guinness World record, he said,
Paddy Doyle who has got the title of World Fittest Man held the record of 58 jumping jacks carrying a 100-lb pack in one minute, while I did 64. I attempted the record in Dera Ismail Khan in April this year.
He beat Paddy Doyle of the United Kingdom for performing the most jumping jacks while carrying a 100 lb pack in one minute.
Records Held by Irfan Mehsud
The list of records includes:
- Irfan holds the record for the most (60) push-ups in one minute with one leg raised and carrying a 40-lb pack.
- He holds the record for the most jumping jacks in one minute carrying an 80 lb pack.
- He holds the record for the most knuckle push-ups (59) carrying 60 lb pack in one minute
- Irfan holds the record of doing the most side lunges (72) in a minute, for left side
- He also holds the record for doing the most push-ups (39) on fingertips and carrying a 60-lb pack in one minute and
- Irfan holds the record for the most push-ups (40) with one leg raised and carrying an 80-lb pack in one minute.
- He also holds the record for most side lunges in one minute with 54 lunges in total, for right side
- Irfan holds the record for the most full-contact knee strikes 87 in one minute using one leg
- He also holds the record for the most full contact knee strikes 83 in one minute (alternate legs)
- Irfan holds the record for the most push-ups (one leg raised, carrying a 40-lb pack) 31 in one minute
- He also holds the record for the most push-ups (one leg raised and carrying an 80-lb pack) 21 in one minute
- Irfan holds the record for most knuckle push-ups 25 (with one leg raised, carrying a 40-lb pack) in one minute
- He also holds the record for most thumb push-ups 35 in one minute
- Irfan holds the record for most Bo staff striking 261 in one minute.
Irfan said in an interview,
I’m working really hard for achieving the target of 50 world records. I’m determined to achieve my target in the next few months.
Notable Achievements By Irfan
Irfan Mehsud has disappointed many previous record holders. He has continued with his relentless chasing of dreams. Also, he has broken 13 Guinness World Records for India. Lastly, he broke several for the USA, UK, Iraq, Spain, Italy, Philippines, Egypt, India and France.
Pakistan is brimming with nerve, talent, charisma, and uniqueness. Also, with the right push from the government and the training institutes, young Pakistanis can realize their dreams. Above all, they can easily dominate the world sports front.
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