On Thursday, Georgian record-holding strongman Lasha Pataraya set a new record by pulling an 8.28-ton truck attached to his left ear by a cord. Pataraya pulled the truck a total of 71 feet (21.5 metres) at Rustavi International Motorpark near the country’s capital, Tbilisi. A special commission verified the record. He said, “It took me two months to prepare for this record. I expected [to pull the truck] to a distance of 10 metres, but the result surpassed my expectations”. Pataraya added that he didn’t expect to carry out such an achievement. Gvandzhi Mania, head of the Georgian Union of Sporting Achievements and Records, noted that this was Pataraya’s seventh record. After he set the record, Pataraya’s friends threw him into the air several times. A special medical team then checked his medical condition. Free-style wrestler Pataraya set his first record for dragging heavy weights with strings attached to his ears in October 2003, when he pulled a 2.35 ton microbus 135 feet (41.1 metres). He is also famous for breaking a Chinese-held record for carrying a 115 pound (52.5 kilos) weight by his ears for 19.9 seconds. In October 2007, he hauled a helicopter weighing almost eight tons by his ears for 86 feet (26 metres). Mania said that Pataraya had been ready for some time to make a new attempt on the record, but a lack of sponsorship had been a problem, saying, “We’re grateful for the support of the Platinum vodka company, which sponsored the event”.
29 November 2012
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