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Man sets dancing record with 602 taps

Dec. 9, 2008 at 7:44 PM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A New Zealand man has laid claim to the Guinness World Record for tap dancing by tapping out 602 beats in a minute.

Tony Adams, 49, bested the previous record -- 512 taps in a minute -- on live television while wearing his 32-year-old tap shoes, The Dominion Post reported Tuesday.

"It's pretty challenging to sustain that pace for 60 seconds, and a minute has never felt longer," he said.

Adams' 82-year-old mother, Mary, was on hand to witness the feat.

"I'm very proud of him but I really can't understand what all the fuss is about. He was a much better dancer when he was younger," she said of her son, who won several national dance titles in his youth.

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