02:30PM, Thursday 06 May 2021
The British Sumo Wrestling Champion, Mandeep Singh Kundi admits he outdid his own expectations in setting a new unofficial world record for flipping a 182kg tractor tyre over 100m at his farmhouse in Iver Heath last month.
The project coordinator for a property business heaved the hulking tyre up and down a track outside his home on an overcast Saturday in just six minutes, nine seconds, smashing the open mark which currently stands at nine minutes as an official world record.
In doing so, he has so far raised more than £2,000 (£2,190) for NHS Charities Together, as well as awareness of the benefits of health and exercise.
The 39-year-old said the support of friends and family, along with the rhythmic beat of dhols (Punjabi drums), helped him block out the physical pain of his Herculean effort to flip the tractor tyre to the finish line.
Inspired by the late Captain Sir Tom Moore, he managed to complete 40 flips and a little bounce to cover 100m, yet despite having the tyre's weight and track length independently verified, he isn't able to officially record his time as a new Guinness World Record because the attempt wasn't approved in time, or adjudicated - at the cost of thousands - by someone from Guinness.
“It went really well,” he said. “I outdid my own expectations.
“There again, I'm my own worst critic and wonder if I could have done it even faster.
“You lose time when you turn around to do a return lap, so with a bit more gumption I think I could have done it even quicker.
“These initiatives really allow us to connect to one another in the true spirit of community and oneness, and I've found that doing this.
“That's what it's all about.
“I'm not the strongest man in the world, and this is not the greatest amount raised for charity, but it's about intention and effort. Overall, it was 'tiring' but hugely rewarding.”
He hopes his achievement will inspire others to get active, whether that's taking up Sumo Wrestling, going for a run, getting out the yoga mat, or simply taking the dog for a walk. He believes all exercise and physical activity is beneficial to mental health, particularly after a year which has seen the country gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After completing the challenge Deep thanked everyone who had contributed to the 'amazing experience', as well as the hard-working NHS staff he's been raising money to support.
“During my training I blacked out, I lost consciousness and had to stop. Whilst I was going there was that in my mind as well. I was hoping there wouldn't be a repeat of that, because if that happened, safety first, it would have to stop. But, ultimately, with God's grace and everyone's support I was able to do it.
“I shaved off over 35 seconds on my previous fastest time. I had neighbours looking from the windows, it really brought people together.”
The tyre's weight was verified as 182kg by Paynes Metal Recycling Centre in Iver. KwikFit in Iver measured its diameter and width as 2.363m, while the owner of Chess Estate Agents in Uxbridge watched the challenge unfold and contributed £550 after verifying the length and gradient of the farmhouse land.
Deep is now exploring the possibility of making the challenge an annual event, potentially as part of a larger event, and intends to discuss this with his local Parish Council.
“It would be something others could participate in if they're ready, willing and able,” he added.
To continue supporting Deep visit his Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/msk-gbs-nhs or click here
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