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Guinness World Records: Rory McIlroy and Tony McCoy among the weird and wonderful

By Ryan Hooper

The annual who's who of the world's weird and wonderful will hit shelves tomorrow – and two Northern Irish sportsmen will be making their debut as record-breakers.

The 60th edition of the Guinness World Records promises to disclose the identity of a woman responsible for the planet's largest yoyo, reveal the American sharpshooter who can fire an arrow the furthest with her feet, and confirm the proud owner of the longest tongue.

But it will also feature World No.1 golfer Rory McIlroy from Co Down and the most successful jockey in jump racing, Moneyglass man Tony McCoy.

McIlroy holds the record for the lowest total score in the US Open and McCoy has the most jump racing wins in a season – 289 in 2001-2. He also has the most career wins – 4,106 from 1992 to 2014.

First published in 1955, the Guinness World Records book has become a phenomenon, with more than 132 million copies sold in 20 languages in more than 100 countries.

The latest edition reflects on the last 60 years of record-breaking, while also featuring the latest additions to the wacky hall of fame.

This includes great Dane Karsten Maas, inventor of the world's longest golf club measuring 14ft 4in, Californian Nick Stoeberl who has the world's longest tongue, Londoner Yannick Read who has created the smallest known caravan and Lancashire film buff Nick Bennett who owns 12,463 pieces of James Bond memorabilia.

Book editor Craig Glenday said: "We've still had to process around 50,000 claims in this past year alone, giving us plenty of new and updated records to choose from... and making it a really difficult task to decide what makes the final cut."

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