Hyderabad-based taekwondo player B Sai Deepak Patel, who holds a Guinness World Record for doing 87 one leg full contact knee strikes in 3 minutes while wearing 5-kilogram ankle weights, dedicated his achievement to the Indian Army.

Speaking to ANI, 23-year-old Deepak on Monday said, “I want to dedicate this record to the Indian Army, who have sacrificed their lives for the country and promoting the fit India moment.” He did 102 strikes but only 87 of his strikes were considered legitimate in three minutes. He registered his name to the Guinness World Record.

“Now I have achieved Guinness World Record for the most one leg full contact knee strikes wearing 5 kgs ankle weights in three minutes, for achieving this record I have to do 81 strikes in three minutes but I have done 102 strikes in three minutes, they have approved 87 strikes out of 102 and finally I have achieved the Guinness World Record,” he said. Deepak had two other records, namely most full contact elbow strikes in one minute (alternate elbows),142, and most full contact knee strikes in three minutes (one leg) 175 to his name. He is training taekwondo from the last eight years.

“From past eight years, I am being trained under master Moinuddin for Taekwondo and earlier in the year 2017, I have received two Guinness World Records in most full contact elbow strikes and knee strikes, after that I have attempted for two times but got disqualified by Guinness World Record,” he said.

Presently, Deepak is preparing for the upcoming events and looking for sponsors to make it to the 2024 Paris Olympics. Briefing about his future plans, he said, “I also have one bronze medal in Taekwondo in Malaysia Open and gold medal in Indo-Korea and I am going to participate in the events which are going to be conducted in various countries and if I get sponsors I will be in a track for 2024 Olympics.