Lawyer targets three-legged marathon mark

NOT content with winning the world elephant polo championships and being Ireland’s first pint-sized sumo wrestler, a solicitor is preparing to launch the Paddy Olympics and break the world record for the three-legged race.

Colin Carroll, a 33-year-old from Fermoy, Co Cork, who describes himself as a “sports visionary”, is creating an alternative to the August 8 Beijing games with some madcap track, field and gymnastic events.

He’s already sold the idea to the Americans and Dutch who have promised to send teams to Ireland to compete in what Carroll describes as “an Olympics which reaches out to the common man”.

The Games will be held in Ireland within the next 12 months, although an exact venue has yet to be decided.

“I’m in talks with Irish cities to host it. The Beijing games are the orthodox Olympics, mine are the unorthodox,” said Mr Carroll.

The Turks have also expressed interest in the Games and have invited Mr Carroll to take part in the Turkish Oil Wresting Championships later this year. An invitation he gladly accepted.

“The Taiwanese are also mad about the idea of the Paddy Olympics,” Mr Carroll added.

In the meantime he is practicing for a world record attempt on the three-legged marathon.

However, he’s hit a bit of a hitch.

“My running mate, Carl Williams, who is also from Cork, was training with me. But he tore ligaments and I’m now looking for a third leg. I don’t mind if it’s male or female, you never know, I might even find a wife out of it,” said Mr Carroll.

The record for the three-legged race over the marathon distance of 26.2 miles is 3hrs 40mins and 16secs. It was set a few years ago by identical twins from London.

“I’m hoping to do it in 3hrs 15mins. But I will need somebody who is around the same build as me and has the same stride. I’m 6ft tall, 11.5 stone and have a 33in leg,” said Mr Carroll.

He is hoping to break the world record at the Cork Marathon, which will be held on June 2.

“If successful it will be the first world record broken in Cork since Russian hammer-thrower Yuri Sedykh completed the feat on July 4, 1984 with a massive throw of 283ft 3ins,” Mr Carroll added.

It will be yet another novel claim to fame for Mr Carroll. In December 2005 he was crowned amateur World Elephant Polo Champion in the jungles of Nepal.

The following year he competed as Ireland’s first entrant at the Sumo World Championships in Osaka, Japan.

Quite extraordinary considering that 10 years ago he broke his back in a windsurfing accident.

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