German divers set underwater table football record

Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:03am EDT
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BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - Teams of German divers spent a total of 30 hours playing table football under water in a giant glass aquarium in the town of Kassel to set a new world record, the organizer said on Wednesday.

Harald Foeste, the head of the Kassel diving and water sports centre, said there were 60 teams with two divers on a side playing the 30-minute matches that lasted a total of 30 hours from Monday until late on Tuesday.

Foeste said there was no reason for the dive, which eclipsed a record in the Guinness World Records list of 26 hours set in June in another German town near Wiesbaden.

"It was just for fun," he said.

A special waterproof table and a weighted steel ball were used by the divers. The large aquarium was set up in an exhibition hall and there were large crowds watching, Foeste said.

(Reporting by Josie Cox, editing by Paul Casciato)