GWR Day sports records

Guinness World Records (GWR) Day 2018 is nearly here and once again looks set to feature more fantastic record-breaking achievements from around the world.

This year's GWR Day takes place on Thursday 8 November and there's still time to apply so you can attempt a record on the day.

To give you some inspiration, here are five sporty records set in previous years to mark the day Guinness World Records became the bestselling annual book.

Farthest blindfolded basketball hook shot

The Harlem Globetrotters are GWR Day regulars, and on 7 November 2016 Nathaniel "Big Easy" Lofton pulled off this record at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas (US). 

The 37-year-old set a record of 17.74 m (58 ft 2.4 in) which still stands.

Most double dutch style skips in 30 seconds

Most double-dutch-style skips in 30 seconds

Another record broken for GWR Day 2016 was this skipping one, achieved by Ayumi Sakamaki in Toride, Japan.

Ayumi achieved a total of 129, and held the record for 10 months until Huang Junkai, Jiang Dali and Jin Zhenyu from China achieved 133 in September 2017. However Ayumi still holds the one-minute version of this record, achieving a total of 245 in July 2016.

If you want to attempt this record, you'll need two skipping ropes, a flat surface to jump on and timekeepers with stop watches. 

Farthest basketball shot made while sitting on the court

Big Easy Lofton wasn't the only Globetrotter to achieve a record for the 2016 celebrations.

Not to be outdone, his teammate Thunder Law showed off his throwing accuracy by completing the Farthest basketball shot made while sitting on the court.

Thunder threw 17.91 m (58 ft 9.1 in) at the same AT&T Center used by Big Easy to set a new record which remains unbroken.

most football rolls from eye to eye in one minute

Most football rolls from eye to eye in one minute

Last year Japanese football freestyler Yuuki Yoshinaga set this record in Nerima, Tokyo, with a total of 189 rolls which remains unbroken.

To achieve the record Yuuki had to successfully roll a full-size football across his face from one eye socket to the other.

Most basketball three-pointers in one minute (single ball)

GWR Day 2016 was a fruitful one for the Harlem Globetrotters. In fact they achieved nine records between them.

As well as Big Easy and Thunder's achievements, Ant Atkinson and Cheese Chisholm became joint record holders after both independently achieving the same total in this record. 

To achieve this, both basketballers had to throw a three-pointer shot then collect the ball on their way to attempting another shot from the correct part of the court.

In the end both Ant and Cheese achieved a total of 10 which has since been equaled by Justin Dargahi in Tampa, Florida, in February 2018.

Join in the celebrations!

If any of the record titles above have inspired you, remember you can still get involved with GWR Day. Here’s how:

We want everyone to celebrate the power of record-breaking with us on Thursday 8 November. So, if you want to plan an Official Attempt, there is still time to schedule it for 8 November.

Our dedicated GWR Day page has all the information you need about applying to attempt a record on 8 November which we'd love to hear about on social media.

Apply here