Corporal Temur Dadiani, who lost both lower limbs to a landmine during his deployment to Afghanistan, has set a world record in push-ups. His inclusion into the listing of records occurred on the 3rd of August, exactly three years after the accident. As he himself states, he chose this day deliberately in order to prove to himself that he not only continues a normal life since that fateful day, but also that he is also able to change things for the better.
Twenty-three-year-old Temur set a record in so-called “amputee push-ups,” during which he relies only on his arms for support. Such a move is called “flanging” in modern gymnastics. According to the Guinness World Records demands, Temur had to do a minimum of 10 push-ups in a minute. He did 37 push-ups in 38.25 seconds, exceeding the existing record by three times. The Georgian soldier’s record was confirmed on the spot by the Georgian Association of Judges.
Temur Dadiani’s love for sports is not confined only to push-ups – he is also successful at fencing and cycling. He plans to go international in these fields as well.
– On the 3rd of August, while on an ISAF mission in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, we received an order to check suspicious houses in one of the settlements. We checked all the houses, and when we were going through the last one, a handmade booby trap (or IED) located in the doorway exploded. I did not lose consciousness but I realized that I received a very serious injury. I remember everything…
– Were your fellow soldiers injured as well?
– Yes, one of them received moderate injuries and two more got light ones. I was given first aid, taken to the base and then transferred to Germany. I stayed there for two months and then another month in a military hospital in Gori. Then came time to get my prosthetic done, so I was taken to California. There I decided to do push-ups and started to actively exercise.
– How much time did you spend preparing for the record?
– I exercised continually for two years straight, and I matched the day of setting the record with the day of the explosion on purpose – in order to prove that it did not change anything in my life for the worse. On the contrary – my life continues and brings me many new and good things.
Sport is an inseparable part of my life: I have been exercising since I was five, and thus, despite my condition, sport and exercise have never been alien to me. Long story short, according to Guinness’s demands, I had to do 10 push-ups in a minute, yet I did 37 in 38.25 seconds. To tell you the truth, I didn’t think I’d be able to do this; I thought that I would do only 30. Like I already said, sport occupies a sizeable part in my life because it does not let me become placid and docile. It is an important thing for people with my condition because it keeps us active and gives us goals to achieve.
– Could you please tell us about your fencing as well? We know that it interests you and you have seen good results…
– I started fencing in America as well, although not professionally. I liked it a lot because it sharpens the mind, so to say, and thus I wanted to try my hand at it – to see what I could achieve. If a man desires something strongly, nothing is impossible. I am going to Warsaw in September. I am preparing for the Olympics as well; let’s see what I’ll manage to do.
– You told me that you like cycling as well…
– Yes, and this sport also sunk its claws into me in America. I was exercising at the gym with other wounded soldiers and ended up taking part in a Los-Angeles marathon in 2013. It was about being the fastest to cover a 42.5 km distance. Out of 24,000 participants, I came in sixth. I used a handcycle, meaning that I rotated pedals with my hands instead of feet. I did not drop this sport even upon my return to Georgia. I have my own bike now, although it is still in Gori and I need to have it brought here.
I have interests besides sports as well: I passed the National Exams, applying for the International Relations faculty. By the amount of points I accrued on the exam I realized that I have enough to be accepted, although I don’t yet know which university I will end up in…