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Runner's 200-Meter Time Too Good to Be True

Sprinter Noah Lyles gets disappointing news

(Newser) - What the Guardian calls a "farcical ending" to an elite running event must've felt as crushing as it did absurd to the sprinter at the center of it all. On Thursday, 22-year-old Noah Lyles was a contender in the 200-meter race in the Inspiration Games, in which 30... More »

The Crash Killed Her, but She Got Her Record

Earth's 'fastest woman,' Jessi Combs, awarded female land-speed record

(Newser) - Jessi Combs was killed in a horrific crash last year—but the professional racer and Mythbusters star known as Earth's "fastest woman on four wheels" achieved the world record she was trying to set. Guinness World Records announced this week that Combs had been awarded the record for... More »

Paralympian Dies Trying to Row Across Pacific Ocean

Angela Madsen was attempting to set world record

(Newser) - A spinal cord injury during her time in the Marines left Angela Madsen a paraplegic, but it didn't slow her down. She went to the Paralympics three times, including a 2012 trip during which she won bronze in the shot put event, and won several gold medals at the... More »

'The Mountain' Just Deadlifted More Than Anyone Ever Has

Hafthor Bjornsson lifts 1,104 pounds, breaks world record

(Newser) - The Mountain is at the top of the deadlift world. Game of Thrones actor Hafthor Bjornsson, who played Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the HBO series, set a deadlift world record by lifting 1,104 pounds on Saturday, the AP reports. Bjornsson, the 2018 World’s Strongest Man , made... More »

He Broke the 2-Hour Marathon 'Barrier.' How? There's No Secret

Eliud Kipchoge did what many believed couldn't be done

(Newser) - For decades, it was believed to be impossible to run a marathon in less than two hours. Then, in October, Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to do it. How? Knox Robinson spent time with Kipchoge at his rural training camp in Kenya, and in an extensive piece for GQ... More »

What Virus? 3.5K People Dress Up, Hang Out as Smurfs

Event criticized as 'potentially a very dangerous viral bomb'

(Newser) - A day before France banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people, some 3,500 of them gathered to break a world record. The village of Landerneau in northwestern France, home to the annual Festival of the Starry Moon, was betting on breaking the world record for the "most... More »

Record-Setting Firework Turns Sky Red Over Colorado Festival

Team had worked for 7 years toward Guinness recognition

(Newser) - After thousands of hours of building fireworks over seven years—and one failed attempt due to a premature explosion—a team has brought the record for the world's largest firework to Colorado. The explosion turned the sky over Steamboat Springs' winter carnival red on Saturday night and earned a... More »

Nike Nailed It With These Shoes—and That's a Problem

The Vaporfly is helping marathon runners break records

(Newser) - Some shoes aren't just good, they're too good—which has World Athletics seeking a response to Nike's Vaporfly sneakers, Quartz reports. The governing body of track and field knows these shoes are helping runners set marathon records, but what to do? The Times of London reports a... More »

Shortest Mobile Man in the World Dies at 27

Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal was just 2 feet, 2.41 inches tall

(Newser) - Khagendra Thapa Magar reigned as the world's shortest man who could walk, according to Guinness World Records , but he never thought of himself as small. "I'm a big man," he said after a 2010 ceremony recognizing his diminutive stature. Which is why the Nepal man's... More »

16 Hours, 27.4K Rolls of TP, and a Possible World Record

Michigan high school's robotics team hopes Guinness OKs world's tallest toilet paper pyramid

(Newser) - When Maxton Herst was a freshman at Michigan's Bullock Creek High School, he left YouTube on autoplay one day, and one of the videos that popped up showed something that piqued his interest: the world's tallest toilet-paper pyramid. Per MLive.com , he brought up the idea with fellow... More »

The Ultimate Climbing Record Has Just Been Smashed

Nirmal Purja summited the planet's 14 tallest peaks in 189 days

(Newser) - Nirmal Purja on Tuesday described the last six months as "grueling." That's likely an understatement. The 36-year-old Nepalese man has obliterated the world record for summiting the 14 peaks on the planet that measure at least 8,000 meters, or roughly 26,350 feet. The record had... More »

He Just Did What No Runner Has Ever Done Before

'I am the happiest man,' says Eliud Kipchoge, the first person to run marathon in under 2 hours

(Newser) - With 20 seconds to spare, Eliud Kipchoge has just done what elite marathon runners have tried to do for years. "I am the happiest man," the Kenyan athlete said Saturday in Austria after completing Vienna's Prater Park marathon in less than two hours—1 hour, 59 minutes,... More »

US Woman Does Something No Swimmer Has Done

Sarah Thomas becomes first to swim the English Channel 4 times in one outing

(Newser) - Swimming the English Channel is an impressive feat. Swimming it four times in a row is unprecedented. Or at least it was, until Colorado swimmer Sarah Thomas went for a dip this weekend. The 37-year-old emerged from the water Tuesday to become the first person to swim the channel four... More »

This Country Planted 353M Trees —in Half a Day

4B is the ultimate goal in Ethiopia

(Newser) - Ethiopia claims it has smashed a world record in the name of climate change—and the tree planting isn't even done. More than 353 million tree seedlings were planted across the country in just 12 hours as part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Green Legacy reforestation campaign, per... More »

10-Year-Old: 1; El Capitan: 0

Selah Schneiter becomes youngest documented person to climb El Capitan's 'Nose route'

(Newser) - A 10-year-old has conquered the massive rock wall that is El Capitan, a dangerous challenge even for rock-climbing legends. Selah Schneiter, whose climbing-guide father had her in harnesses soon after she could walk, had dreamed of scaling the 3,000-foot granite rock face in Yosemite National Park since she was... More »

Hi, I Just Climbed Everest Twice in One Week!

Kami Rita Sherpa, 49, breaks own world record, ascends mountain for 24th time

(Newser) - Dear everyone who's ever climbed Mount Everest: Big deal. That may be exactly what Kami Rita Sherpa is thinking after extending his latest record on the mega-mountain, reaching the peak for the 24th time on Tuesday, per the BBC . Not only that, but the 49-year-old had just ascended Everest... More »

Big Money for Monet at Record-Shattering Auction

French artist's painting goes for $110.7M, a world record for impressionist art

(Newser) - Like a fine wine, this Claude Monet piece just got better with age. Or more valuable, at any rate: An 1890 oil painting from the French artist's "Haystacks" (or "Meules") series sold Tuesday at Sotheby's for $110.7 million—the first time an impressionist painting... More »

The World Has a New Pi Champ

Google's Emma Iwao calculates it to 31 trillion digits

(Newser) - It's Pi Day, the 3/14 celebration of perhaps the most famous number in history. Google is celebrating with a record-breaking feat: One of its employees calculated pi to 31 trillion digits, 9 trillion more than the previous record, with help from cloud computing, reports the BBC . Emma Hauka Iwao... More »

Easy to See Why Billionaire's Tweet Is Now Most Retweeted

Yusaku Maezawa promises some cash to 100 people

(Newser) - A Japanese billionaire has now claimed the honor of having penned the most retweeted tweet ever. But once you hear what he wrote, it's not that surprising. Yusaku Maezawa's Jan. 5 tweet offered to split 100 million yen (that's about $925,000) among 100 people, reports the... More »

It's Hard to Believe How Fast This Bicyclist Went

Denise Mueller-Korenek pedals at 183.9mph in 'motor-paced' record

(Newser) - Plenty of cars can't reach 183.9mph. Denise Mueller-Korenek managed it on a bike in the obscure world of "motor-paced cycling," reports the Wall Street Journal . Peddling in a race car's slipstream, the 45-year-old former junior cycling champion smashed the bicycle land speed record of 167mph... More »

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