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City prodigy sets Guinness record

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HYDERABAD: Memorising 132 digits within a minute and reciting them, a city-based 13-year-old maths prodigy has set a new Guinness World Record. The earlier record in this category was memorising 76 digits in a minute held by an Indonesian.

Nischal Narayanam attempted the record a few weeks ago in the presence of Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, Chief Electoral Officer I.V. Subba Rao and other dignitaries here. The digits in the sequence of zeroes and ones were displayed on a giant screen enabling Nischal memorise them.

The screen went blank after the timekeeper clicked one minute. Then he recalled all the numbers in the same sequence as was flashed on the screen.

He is the first youngster in the country to achieve the second Guinness World Record in the field of memory after an earlier record in the category of memorising most random objects. “I achieved this success with the support of my family and trainer. Initially, I was worried about memorising digits in a sequence. After undergoing constant training, my confidence levels went up and I successfully broke the record,” Nischal, a resident of Banjara Hills, told presspersons here on Friday.

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