A KOŠICE strongman who holds five records in the Guinness Book of Records for pulling oversized loads has begun preparing for a new world record attempt. In autumn 2010 in Kiev, during the World Air Show, Juraj Barbarič, will try to pull a 300-ton Antonov An-225 Mrija aeroplane, the TASR newswire wrote.
Barbarič has already received a promise from Guinness World Records that prior to his attempt, it will not accept any other competitors in this category. The strongman began his preparations after a positive answer came from the aeronautical research complex that it is ready to offer a plane for Barbarič’s training after dates and conditions are agreed, according to TASR.
“I have been preparing for this for several years already”, Barbarič told TASR. “Next year’s event in Kiev suits me well, although I made my situation more complicated as there will be many people there, and it will bring a bigger responsibility. But I don’t mind: I want to pull the plane.”
His tasks while preparing will mainly be to take on additional muscle mass and to weigh at least 130 kilograms.
Barbarič said that the An-225 Mrija (‘Dream’ in Ukrainian), has both a width and length of more than 80 metres, which is approximately the size of a football stadium. The plane has 32 wheels and a total utility weight of 650 tons. Barbarič intends to pull the plane while empty, at a mere 300 tons.
The mayor of Horný Hričov in Žilina district, Jozef Trizuljak, has previously helped Barbarič. In 2005, the strongman pulled a smaller plane in the village to raise funds for patients with muscular dystrophy, TASR wrote.
2. Feb 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports