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In three minutes Ashik created a new world record by naming 195 countries on a plain map.

June 06, 2011 04:09 pm | Updated 04:09 pm IST

PHENOMENAL: Mohamed Ashik with his certificates and medal. Photo: G. Moorthy

PHENOMENAL: Mohamed Ashik with his certificates and medal. Photo: G. Moorthy

Name any country in Africa, Europe or the Americas, six-year-old S.A. Mohamed Ashik of Le Chatelier School, Madurai, will answer in a jiffy. The kid is no doubt a prodigy and he proved that by entering the annals of Record Holders Republic and World Records Academy.

Mohamed Ashik through his effort of naming 195 countries on a plain world map (91.5 x 58 cms) within three minutes created a new world record and became the youngest world map memoriser. The official announcement of his entry into record books came recently. He received the official world record certificate and medals.

Record Holders Republic citation states that “Record holder S.A. Mohamed Ashik (six years of age) under the category “memory” pointed out 195 countries on a plain world map in three minutes and named correctly the neighbouring country for 50 countries in four minutes and became the youngest world map memoriser.”

Authentic search

The World Records Academy claims that it is one of the leading international organisations which certify world records. The academy spans the globe to find the widest selection of authentic World Records around the world. Each new world record is carefully verified by top specialists. The awards included a medal, a coat pin and a certificate from World Records Academy; a certificate and medal from Record Holders Republic, and a certificate from Global World Records.

Hailing from a middle class family, Ashik's parents identified his talent and are encouraging him to achieve more in the coming years. He has already made an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records.

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