On 16 September, Kaspar Taimsoo set a new Guinness World Record in kiiking, which is 7.15 metres and also a new world record. At the same time, Estonians managed to break the official world record even twice at the Milan EXPO – at first, Ants Tamme with 7.10 metres and thereafter Kaspar Taimsoo with 7.15 metres.
“It was quite an effort, because after the World Rowing Championships I felt a great relief and my body was quite worn out. Thus I was unable to train for the kiiking. Fortunately, the strong physical base I have obtained from rowing helped me to put sufficient effort into achieving the new world record. I was glad to see so many Estonians, including several members of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament), on the site to encourage us. I want to thank Enterprise Estonia for this opportunity,” said Kaspar Taimsoo, the holder of the new world record.
The record was registered by the members of the Riigikogu Toomas Kivimägi and Ken-Marti Vaher who attended the event in Milan.
Two swings were specially built in the Estonian pavilion in Milan on which people first attempted to break the record on Estonian national day on 7 June. Also, hundreds of visitors have had several opportunities to try the swings at EXPO. Today’s Guinness World Record attempt was also reflected on the site by the international media.
Kiiking is a sport that was invented by Estonian Ado Kosk in 1993. Also, currently the holder of valid Estonian and world record of 7.08 m is Kaspar Taimsoo. Current holder of the record of 7.02 recorded in the Guinness Book is Andrus Aasamäe from Estonia.