Malaysian Indian aims for new recordMarch 20th, 2011 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS
Kuala Lumpur, March 20 (IANS) Malaysian Indian G. Deo wants to break his own record of walking backwards for the longest distance.
Deo, 56, has in his name the record of walking backwards for 40 km. He now wants to walk more than 45 km — from Ipoh to Tapah.
“I walked 40 km backwards in Cameron Highlands in 2004. This time, I hope to break that record April 19,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.
The ethnic Indian was earlier diagnosed with a liver ailment and saw his weight plummet from 80 kg to 45 kg. He was barely able to move his legs and was confined to his home for four months.
“The doctors told me I only had five months to live,” he said.
But the record-breaker fought the ailment and is now back in good health and raring to do what he loves most - walk backwards.
“For four months I was confined to my home. Having led an active lifestyle, it was very difficult for me. I continued to think positively and miraculously recovered without any medication.”
Deo, who makes household detergents, said he was grateful his condition has improved and wanted to “celebrate” this by attempting another record.
He holds records for the longest walk, longest non-stop walk, highest backward staircase climb and highest uphill backward walk in the Malaysia Book of Records.
“After seven years of waiting for someone to break my record of walking backwards, I have decided to outdo myself.”
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