Bhubaneswar: There is no dearth of talent in Odisha which was proved by two youths who made it to Guinness Book of World Records in 2019 under the able guidance of a two-times Guinness Record holder from the State.
Nineteen-year-old Sachin Behera from Nuapada district won accolades for the State by registering a record in the Guinness Book of World Records in knee strikes in March 2019. He set the world record by striking an object 137 times with two knees in a minute breaking the earlier record of 115 knee strikes.
Sachin, an athlete and a 100 m sprinter, usually practises for 10-12 hours every day. The knee strikes were a part of his sprinting practice. He later decided to use his speed to break the record. In future, he wishes to break the national record and become the fastest male of India and bring gold for India in the Olympics and other international events.
20-year-old Aman Chattria from Bolangir district brought laurels to Odisha when he set not one but two world records in one go. He made it to Guinness Book of World Records by most kip-ups in one minute (47) and most no-handed kip-ups in one minute (37) in August this year.
While studying BPharma from HiTech College of Bhubaneswar, Aman also chased his passion and performed a challenging task for which he had been practicing for close to one and half year. He had attempted to break the record back in March but had failed due to some technical issue. Taking his failure in his stride, he worked harder at achieving his dream.
In order to be able to make it to the Guinness World Book of Records, Aman had started formal training 18 months back but has been a trained breakdancer for several years now. He broke Pakistan’s record of 41 kip-ups in one minute and lodged it in India’s name. The record of most no-handed kip-ups in one minute was held by South Korea which has also come to India.
Both Aman and Sachin have thanked two times Guinness Record holder Satyapira Padhan who is popularly known as ‘Punch Man of Odisha’. A Karamveer Chakra and National Youth Icon Award 2018 awardee, Satyapira had successfully attempted for the record on 20 June 2017 and on September 27, 2018.
Satyapira serves multiple roles as a martial artist, mountaineer and physical therapist. He had in 2017, attempted to set a record of throwing the maximum number of punches with one hand in a minute to break the record of 377 punches. In 2018, he had struck 312 one hand punches in a minute holding a one kg weight to break the record of 260 punches.
It is worthwhile to mention that Satyapira is part of a 17-member mountaineering team that celebrated New Year 2020 by successfully scaling Mt Sandakphu, the highest peak in the district of Illam, Nepal, on January 1. The team started its mission on December 26, 2019, and will come back on January 5, 2020.