Guinness World Record broken at Telkom event

A Canadian man has set a new Guinness World Record after watching movies for 120 hours straight without sleeping.

Suresh Joachim set the new world record on Sunday and it was certified by Guinness World Records. He broke the previous record of 120 hours 23 minutes by more than 1 hour to set a new world record of 121 hours 18 minutes.

“I’m very excited to be able to set a new Guinness World Record for this event, especially as it is my first title in Africa,” said Joachim.

Joachim’s new record supersedes that set by Ashish Sharma in India, who watched for 120 hours 23 minutes. Sharma watched 48 movies in their entirety for his attempt.

Joachim has set numerous records for various feats, including the longest ten pin bowling marathon at 100 hours, and travelled to South Africa especially to take part in the marathon. The event was physically gruelling, as participants were allowed only a ten minute break between movies which had to be at least 90 minutes.

During the 10 minutes, the contestants could rest, sleep or visit the bathroom. During the movies, they were not allowed to glance away from the screen for more than a few seconds at a time.

Ten local South Africans also took part in the marathon. Sheetal Vallabh was the last South African contestant to be disqualified when she fell asleep for 24 seconds with 82 hours 18 minutes on her clock on Saturday morning.

All the movies were streamed via Telkom’s Boltspeed fibre. Managing Executive for Group Communication and Public Relations at Telkom said it was the first time the record for the most time spent consecutively watching movies has been attempted via streaming.

“Telkom is excited to be able to enable this record attempt while demonstrating the speed and reliability of our fibre technology,” said O’Sullivan.

The Telkom Unlimited Movie Marathon took place at the Sheds in downtown Johannesburg in aid of LifeLine, the official charity. R10 000 was handed over to LifeLine on Sunday evening.


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