AKIPRESS.COM - Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s favorite horse gave his owner the perfect birthday gift on Friday by breaking the world record for an equine dash on hind legs, AFP reported.
Ak Khan (White Khan) set the new record at Turkmenistan’s state circus, by rearing up and covering 10 meters without landing on its front legs.
Guinness adjudicator Seyda Subasi Gemici told spectators that Ak Khan had beaten the previous record of 9.2 seconds set by a horse in Dubai.
Guinness was not immediately able to confirm the new time, but a state media representative claimed that the horse had achieved the feat in five seconds while another horse from the government’s stables had completed the same task in seven seconds.
When the record was announced, the crowd broke into cries of “Glory to the Protector”, the local moniker given to Berdimuhamedov.