Tony Helou, 75, performed a headstand on Saturday in Deux-Montagnes to earn the Guinness World Record for oldest person to do so, the first ever record in this category.
Helou’s headstands are part of a daily exercise regimen that includes push-ups and running.
Applying to be part of the Guiness World Record book was a bit of a lark. Helou’s brother has his own Guiness record — he wrote a book, in English, of more than 100 pages without using the letter e.
Helou was proud of his brother and at the suggestion of his daughter, Rola, an application was made for the headstand category, which didn’t yet exist, and the Guiness organization accepted it.
With expert witnesses on hand, details of his handstand were recorded to be sent as proof of his achievement to Guiness World Records.