Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: Para-athlete Kamalakanta Nayak today created a Guinness World Record for the maximum distance covered on a wheelchair by covering a distance of 215.4 km in 24 hours.
The 28-year-old began his journey from Raj Mahal Square in Bhubaneswar on Sunday (January 15). He succeeded in his attempt riding on his wheelchair by using the 680 metre-long cycle track between Raj Mahal Square and Master Canteen Square.
“I am speechless to express how I feel right now. I was confident of breaking the old record within 23 hours. However, I could do it just in 22 hours,” said Kamalakanta while talking to presspersons after setting the new record.
The young para-athlete who hails from Puri district thanked all those who extended their support to him in his journey.
Kamalakanta said his favourite game is marathon and he will continue to make efforts to take part in wheelchair marathon in the Paralympics in the future.
The Sports Department of Government of Odisha and Better Life Foundation have supported Kamalakanta in his attempt for Guinness World Record.
His success was appreciated by people from different walks of life.