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Longest Ironing Marathon: Nigerian Starts 150-Hour Ironing Marathon to break Guinness World Records

On Monday, April 22, 2024, at Real Exclusive Garden in Abakaliki, Celestine Onele, an electrical engineer from Ezza South Local Government Area in Ebonyi State, began his bid to break the Guinness World Record for the longest ironing marathon.

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Newsmen reported that on Sunday, Onele—who is presently a Master’s student at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka—told reporters he had obtained formal approval from Guinness World Records, along with a set of stringent instructions to follow during his quest to break the record of the longest ironing marathon.

Onele stated that Garric Standard of the United Kingdom holds the current record, having achieved a standard of 100 hours in 2015, exceeding the previous record of 80 hours set by Huston from Australia in 2012.

Determined to elevate the record to 150 hours, Onele is drawing on his childhood passion for ironing to make his mark on the global stage.


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“Before Garric Standard from the UK, the current record holder, was Huston from Australia. She broke the record in 2012 with 80 hours before Garric did in 2015 for 100 hours. After Garric Standard did, Guinness gave approval for some individuals who have attempted the record but didn’t get the acknowledgement based on the fact that there were so many rules they tampered with,” Onele explained.

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He detailed the rigorous process involved in getting his attempt sanctioned by Guinness World Records, noting that it took 18 weeks from the submission of his application to receive approval.

“After three weeks, a specific guideline was approved for me, and it’s a guideline that I have to follow to break the record. There are so many rules in the guideline which if you tamper with, you will not be recognised,” he added.

One of the strict guidelines is that after an hour of ironing, he can only take a 5-minute break and has only 30 seconds to pick up another article of clothing to iron.

Onele’s endeavor has received great support from the neighborhood, as evidenced by the Abakaliki residents who bring their clothing to the event center to be ironed.

“If I surpass the current holder of the record, I will be the new holder for the longest ironing marathon by an individual in the world. I am an engineer, but I love being inspired to do different things to put my name on the map,” Onele said.

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