Former Barry aerial fitter smashes tiles
12:02pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
A BARRY man has shown luck follows in threes - smashing a world record, proposing marriage and gaining a Blue Peter badge on the same day.
Martial arts expert Chris Pitman – yet to gain his top ranking belt - proved himself a world beater in the tile smashing stakes when he dealt a blow to a Guinness World Record holder by smashing 1000 roof tiles, with his hands, in just 51 seconds.
The existing record had been 54.25 seconds, set in 2001, and Chris smashed his way to victory, knocking a huge three seconds off this time.
BBC’s Blue Peter filmed the event and an official adjudicator from Guinness World Records was on hand to confirm that 43-year-old dad-of-two Chris had indeed become a new World Record holder.
Former Romilly and Barry Boys pupil Chris, who now lives in Croyden, London, began TaeKwon-Do just two years and soon discovered his talent. He is working towards his Black Belt, which hs hopes to achieve next year.
Chris, who worked as an aerial fitter in Barry and was a coach at Barry RFC, said he had trained for the event which needs speed and strength to break 20 tiles at a time, covering a distance, with 1200 stacked up to face his knife hand technique.
He said: “My fianceé, Lisa, is a TaeKwon-Do world champion and she encouraged me to have a go at some board breaking. It was soon clear that it came pretty naturally to me, so I decided to attempt this World Record. It was one of the toughest things I have ever done, but it feels amazing to literally be the best in the world at smashing tiles.
“At the end of it I could barely stand up. I was physically and mentally exhausted.”
“I am hugely proud. This is my biggest achievement and I am now thinking about what I could do next.”
Chris’ joy was tempered when 39-year-old fiancée Lisa Dennis failed in her bid to establish a women’s record based on the Guinness World’s starting point, but relieved when she said yes to his proposal of marriage.
He said: “The record was the craziest thing I have done and I’m lucky she did say yes.”
Chris was also awarded a Blue Peter badge for his record-breaking effort and could be listed in the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records.
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