CHART TOPPER–HARLEM GLOBETROTTER THUNDER LAW SHATTERS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® RECORD FOR FARTHEST BASKETBALL SHOT MADE BACKWARDS
New mark of 82 feet 2 inches bests old mark by 10 feet and is Globetrotters star’s second world record in as many years
(PHOENIX, Nov. 12, 2014) – Known the world over for amazing feats of basketball, the Harlem Globetrotters have once again set the standard, as Globetrotters’ star Thunder Law smashed the official Guinness World Records® record for the farthest basketball shot made backwards – 82 feet 2 inches – topping the old mark of 72 feet 2 inches, set over three years ago, by exactly 10 feet.
Thunder broke the record at US Airways Center in Phoenix, home of the Phoenix Suns, in celebration of the tenth annual Guinness World Records Day. It was the second record Thunder has demolished on Guinness World Records Day – in November 2013, he broke the mark for the longest basketball shot, connecting from 109 feet 9 inches.
“It was incredible to have the opportunity to break a record last year, and this year, it was just as extraordinary,” said Thunder. “The Globetrotters are known worldwide for amazing feats of basketball, and you can see some of the best athletes on the planet bring it night in and night out on our upcoming tour.”
Tickets to see Thunder and the Globetrotters on their 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge” World Tour are on sale now, as the Globetrotters will play over 310 games in North America alone from December 26, 2014, through May 2015. The Globetrotters will be battling a Washington Generals squad more determined than ever to match the franchise’s historic last victory over the Globetrotters in 1971. It has been five years since the Globetrotters and Generals have faced off, as the Generals have been searching far and wide for the best players to retool their roster and have been preparing for one thing: victory over the Globetrotters.
Guinness World Records Day sees upwards of 300,000 people in more than a dozen countries trying to set or break world records. Established to commemorate the day in 2004 when Guinness World Records became the world’s best-selling copyright book, every year, Guinness World Records Day captures the imagination of people young and old from every side of the world attempting some truly amazing and awe inspiring feats.
Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, The Harlem Globetrotters® are celebrating their 89th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans-among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents-over more than eight thrilling decades.