Dauda Abdulfata, a Nigerian man, concluded his 200-hour ironing marathon at 142 hours, abandoning his attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest ironing marathon. The initiative commenced last Wednesday in Ganaja Village, Lokoja, Kogi State, as reported by Sahara Reporters.
In a video from his team, Dauda explained that he decided to stop the marathon due to concerns about his health. Expressing gratitude for the support, he acknowledged breaking the 2015 record of 100 hours but emphasized prioritizing health over continuing the marathon
Gareth Sanders, a 28-year-old cleaning company manager from the United Kingdom, currently holds the record at 100 hours. Dauda received an acceptance email from the Guinness World Record, allowing him to attempt breaking the existing record. The outcome awaits review by the GWR to determine if he successfully establishes a new world record.
The pursuit of Guinness World Records gained prominence in Nigeria and other African countries, exemplified by chef Hilda Effiong Bassey, known as Hilda Baci, who set the record for the longest cooking marathon (individual) at 93 hours and 11 minutes.
Sahara Reporters also highlighted the story of Tembu Ebere, an African man who partially lost his sight while attempting to cry for seven days to set a Guinness World Record. Ebere shared his health challenges, revealing temporary blindness during his quest for the record.