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10 common reasons Guinness World Record attempts get disqualified

Whether you are an athlete, an artist, or someone attempting a unique challenge, understanding these disqualification risks is essential for ensuring your attempt is valid

A sad man after being disqualified from a competition

Breaking a Guinness World Record is a prestigious achievement, but it comes with stringent rules and guidelines that must be followed to ensure the attempt is valid and recognized.

The Guinness World Records organization has strict and comprehensive guidelines, which ensure that all record attempts are conducted fairly and consistently across the globe.

In this article, we will explore some of the most common reasons record-breaking attempts may be disqualified across various fields.

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Guinness World Records requires thorough evidence to verify a record attempt. This includes witness statements, video footage, and other forms of documentation. Failure to provide adequate evidence can result in disqualification.

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If a record attempt involves cheating, manipulating results, or using prohibited methods, it will be disqualified. This includes the use of performance-enhancing drugs or mechanical assistance in athletic records.

Guinness World Records prioritizes the safety of participants and observers. Any attempt that poses a risk to health or safety, or violates safety regulations, may be disqualified.

The attempt must take place in appropriate conditions. For example, a race record must be attempted on a certified track, or a weather-related record must occur under the specified conditions.

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Independent witnesses are required to verify the authenticity of the attempt. If there are not enough witnesses, or if they are not impartial, the attempt may be disqualified.

Some records are set as "standard" based on previous achievements. If the attempt doesn't match or surpass these standards, it may be disqualified.

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Accurate timing and measurement are crucial for many records. If there are discrepancies in these areas, the attempt may be disqualified.

Attempts found to involve fraud or dishonest practices will be disqualified, and the individuals involved may be barred from future attempts.

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While Guinness World Records allows attempts without an official adjudicator present, they still require thorough documentation. An attempt may be disqualified if the evidence submitted is insufficient or not credible.

Certain records have age or health-related requirements for participants to ensure safety and fairness. Not meeting these criteria can lead to disqualification.

Guinness World Records has specific, detailed rules for each category, and it's essential for anyone attempting a record to carefully review and follow these rules. Adhering to the guidelines helps ensure the attempt's validity and recognition.

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