October 20, 2021, 1:21 am
Thakurgaon Representative :
Russell Islam is the son of a remote village in Thakurgaon district of Bangladesh. Despite being the son of a poor peasant family, at the age of 18, he was named in the Guinness Book of World Records for skipping rope. This is creating a stir in the area.
Russell Islam, son of Bazlur Rahman, a farmer from Hariharpur Sirajpara village in Thakurgaon Sadar Upazila, has set a Guinness Book of World Records by jumping rope 145 times in 30 seconds and 258 times in one minute. Russell is floating in praise. Many people from different upazilas of the district are coming to see Russell and applaud him.
Although he holds the world record for jumping 144 times in a 30-second skipping rope on one leg, Russell has done it 145 times. Russell broke the world record for jumping 256 times on one foot in 1 minute, but broke that record 258 times.
Russell Thakurgaon is a first year HSC student in the humanities department of Shibganj Degree College.
Russell started playing skipping rope from school life 2017. At one time he was the first in the skipping rope from district to division level. Although the department did not participate in the skipping rope at the national level, it was canceled due to unnecessary reasons. Since then, he has vowed to one day set a world record with this game. Since then, he has practiced skipping ropes around the house whenever he has time. Russell finally applied for the Guinness Book of World Records online in 2019 when he felt he was perfect in the game. He challenges two things on one foot in the skipping rope. One is 30 seconds and the other is 1 minute.
Three months after the application, Russell received a reply from the Guinness Book of World Records with some guidelines. There they want some videos from them as per their rules. The details of how to do them are also given. After some more practice, Russell sent them the videos. Russell finally broke the world record and set a new record. As a result of his efforts, he received two Guinness Book of World Records (Certificates) by post last Thursday (July 29), Russell said. His goal now is to compete in the South Asian Games and with various countries held internationally.
Russell’s father Bazlur Rahman said, “I have helped my son as much as I can, even though I am a poor farmer.” My son has gone to such a stage today so I feel very good.
“My younger brother Russell will achieve so much, we can’t believe he will set a world record,” said Arif, Russell’s older brother. We were poor and could not support him financially. He has gone so far on his own. Hopefully he will do something better.
Mahbub Hasan Mehedi, general secretary of Rahimanpur Union Chhatra League No. 8, said, “We could not have imagined that he would set a world record from such a remote and inaccessible area.” The villagers including Tara are happy and proud of his success.
Neighbors and friends also said that he had been addicted to sports since childhood. His dream was to do something big one day. He has achieved that success.
The deputy commissioner said the Guinness Book of World Records is an honorable achievement. It is a source of pride for our Bangladesh. I congratulate him and wish him well. I wish he would set a new record in the future as well. Thakurgaon Deputy Commissioner Md Mahbubur Rahman also assured him of cooperation from the district administration if he needed any support.