Malaysian Indian walks 44 km backward to create record

April 20th, 2011 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Ipoh (Malaysia), April 20 (IANS) Ethnic Indian G. Deo has set a new record in walking backward, by shattering his own record.

He completed a 44 km track from Gunung Rapat here to Temoh, a town near Tapah.

He took about seven hours, surpassing his earlier feat of walking 40 km backwards in Cameron Highlands in 2004, The Star daily said Wednesday.

“This is my best shot as the weather was really unbearable and I had no choice but to give up,” said Deo, a 57-year-old former security guard, who holds five records in the Malaysia Book of Records.

This feat, he added, was to commemorate the 83rd birthday of the sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah. He took up the challenge after he was cleared of a liver ailment and given the green signal by doctors.

“I had been training for the past month to ensure I was fit to carry out the feat,” said the father of three who now makes household detergents for a living.

Deo began his backward walk from the Gunung Rapat police station near here at 7.25 a.m.

His sons Jegathesan, 36, Premnath, 32, and grandson V. Vigneesh, 10, accompanied him in a vehicle throughout the journey.

The other records Deo holds are the highest uphill backward walk (30 km) in July 2000, highest backward staircase climb (2,058 steps) in February 2000, longest walk of 912 km in July 1999, longest backward walk of 30 km (75 laps) in 1998, and longest non-stop walk of 222 km in 1997.

Deo and family are part of a 2.1 million strong ethnic Indian community that forms eight percent of Malaysia’s 28 million population.

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