A frenzy of record-breaking took place at the 16th Impossibility Challenger, with 18 world records broken. The event was held on 14 November 2009 in Auckland’s Trusts Stadium in New Zealand, the first time it has ever occurred outside of Europe. Swiss weightlifter Albert Walter, who already participated in various editions of the Impossibility Challenger Games in Switzerland and Germany, set two world records for ripping a 1440 page phone book in 6:83 sec and breaking a 30cm long and 9.5 mm wide carpenter’s nail in 3:24 min, both with his bare hands. He especially traveled to New Zealand for this event. Alastair Galpin, one of the most prolific record breakers in the world, set nine new records in the same day, including the most high-fives in a minute and the furthest distance spitting a ping pong ball. Four employees of New Zealand tyre company Frank Allen Tyres smashed the world record for the fastest 4 wheel tyre change on a car, reducing it from 2 min 30 sec to 1 min 25 sec. 20 people constructed a 270.3 metre balloon chain in one hour, beating the previous world record of 216 metres. Plenty of new world records were set including the fastest mile pushing someone in a supermarket trolley (8 min 14 sec), the furthest distance traveled by a balloon powered car, the tallest hat made from balloons (3 metres 20 centimetres) and the world’s largest dot to dot drawing.
The Impossibility Challenger was founded in 1982 by the accomplished weightlifter and runner Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) to promote self-transcendence, the ideal of challenging limits and going beyond previous accomplishments. More news on the NZ event on the website: www.impossibilitychallenger.org.nz