World record lunge attempt fails in Thailand because 'too many people were taking selfies'

More than three thousand people tried to break the world record for doing lunges - but failed because too many were taking selfies.

The beachgoers gathered on the beach in Pattaya, Thailand, on June 8 where they attempted to beat the previous record for 'most people performing lunges'.

The current record is 2,713 people performing the exercise simultaneously which was set in Taipei, Taiwan, which was set in 2018.

Despite a Guinness World Records from Australia giving instructions and explaining the rules, the attempt to break the record failed.

Adjudicators who were monitoring the crowd ruled that 200 people were disqualified and only 1,886 people managed to do the lunges correctly for the required time of one minute. One knee has to touch the ground, the bent leg has to be fully straightened before the next lunge and competitors have to alternate between the legs.

Speaking after, a frustrated Guinness World Records official who had been overseeing the event, blamed too many people taking selfies.

He said: ''The attempt today was for the most people performing lunges, trying to set a new Guinness World Records title.

''The current record is 2,713 in Taipei. The rules of the record are really strict, it's not an easy record. Over 200 competitors were disqualified. Some people were more interested in selfies that doing lunges.

''My stewards did tell me that some people were taking selfies instead of doing lunges.

''A lot of people were successful. Today a grand total of 1,886 people were successful at the lunges. It's not a new record but it's still a fantastic effort.''

The world record attempt took place before the Pattaya Bikini Beach Race 2019 in which runners complete 3km and 9km runs along the beach in swimwear.