How 57,000 plastic cups landed Delhi teen in Guinness Book of World Records

As a student of Apeejay School, Kushagra Tayal would spend hours in the library fighting with other students for a chance to browse through the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Updated: September 19, 2016 7:21 pm
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As a student of Apeejay School, Kushagra Tayal would spend hours in the library fighting with other students for a chance to browse through the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records. One day, he asked himself, “Why can’t I be someone who creates a world record?”

On Saturday, Tayal (18) achieved his dream when he, along with 21 other students from Hansraj College, set a new world record for building the largest plastic cup pyramid in the world. The pyramid at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex is made of 57,000 plastic cups and is 22-feet tall. The students worked tirelessly since Wednesday to finish the pyramid. When parts of it collapsed in the initial stages, they picked up the pieces and continued on their mission.

At the sports complex Saturday, where an official from Guinness World Records confirmed that Tayal and the other students were the new record-holders, wrestler Sushil Kumar was among the many people cheering for them. The previous record was held by participants from Mexico, who used 42,395 plastic cups to make a 30-feet high pyramid in 2015.

After he decided to create a new world record, Tayal, a second-year student of Economics (Hons), said he started researching “feasible” world records and finally decided to build a plastic cup pyramid. “One winter morning, I was sipping coffee in a plastic cup, when I thought maybe something could be done with these cups,” he said. Tayal tried out a few practice sessions on his own, but soon realised he would need a team to complete the task.

“Personally, to have my name associated with Guinness is a great honour,” said Ayush Goyal, one of his team-mates, The record is a “matter of pride for all of us,” said Tayal, adding, “We have managed to achieve our goal… this project started as a dream a long time ago and has finally turned into reality.”

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