A second year MCA student of VIT, S Manikandan has made an attempt to find a place in the book of Limca Records, by roller-skating all around the university campus non-stop for 69 hours and 15 minutes.
He was seen going around the campus since February 3, amidst the cheering of students on the way as a pre-cursor to the four-day Riviera 14 fest. “I did this fete with a focus on the theme of ‘Higher education for All,’ said the frail looking Manikandan, after spending three sleepless nights, while narrating his experience to Express. While the Limca record book allows 10 minute break every hour, “I accumulated the breaks and used to take rest for one hour a day,” Manikandan said. Avoiding glucose intake, he chose to eat Pongal, fruits, sambar and crud rice during the break. He said the previous record was 36 hours of non-stop skating and added “I have broken this record now.”
“I found this game comes to me naturally,” he noted adding, “My coach and trainers added more flavour into the sport.” He also recalled how his friend and a senior Siva helped him by lending skater boots and motivated him to take up the sport seriously. “My dream is world championship,” he added.
In fact Manikandan did 9 hours of non-stop skating even last year as an amateur, spreading the message of ‘organ donation.’
He had no idea of attempting for a record then. Subsequently he practiced alone on the roads of the nearby Palamathi hills that gave him enough confidence to bag medals in the district-level skating competitions last year, organized by the Tamil Nadu Roller Skating Association.
“I have created a spark among the student community here and elsewhere to take up this sport with social cause,” he noted. He made an appeal to the educational institutions to establish rings so that students could practice and receive proper coaching.