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Colorado Teen Sinks 9 Half-Court Shots In A Row To Break Guinness World Record

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A high school basketball player in Colorado sank nine half-court shots in a row to break a Guinness World Record on her lunch break.
Maddison Neale, a 17-year-old senior at Chaparral High School in Parker, broke the record of eight consecutive half-court shots set in 2020 by Xu Changqing of China, according to Guinness World Records. She achieved the feat in just six minutes before the bell during her lunch break.
Neale told GWR she practiced for the record while recovering from a surgery she underwent last year to repair torn ligaments in her ankle, and took to the court while wearing her medical boot.
“The recovery took much longer than I expected, however, I never gave up,” Neale told GWR. “Day after day, [my shot] continued to get better, and my range started to come back. Before I knew it, I was shooting further than ever.”
The more she practiced, the more she realized she might be able to break the record.
“I just wanted to see a little bit of progression. The more shots I got up, the more I realized that it was possible,” she said.
Before her ankle injury sidelined her, Neale was diagnosed in 2020 with the rare heart condition Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which can cause deadly arrhythmias, and underwent surgery for that, too.
“Some people with the condition are afraid to do certain things, but I hope accomplishing this record can prove not to let something define you but rather embrace it and live your life to the fullest,” she said.
Now, there are other records she hopes to break, including the most basketball half-court shots in one minute. That record is currently held by Adam Beatrice, who sank 10 shots out of 24 attempts during one minute in 2011. Neale also hopes to take a shot a breaking the records for most 3-pointers in 30 seconds (18) and most 3-pointers in one minute (33), both currently held by Jason Pryor.
I wouldnt have been able to do it without all the amazing people in my life that supported me, Neale said. I am very grateful for my mom going to the gym with me every day and believing in me, my dad for constantly telling me to get out of my head and helping me reach my fullest potential, and my brother for always cheering me on.
TMX contributed to this article.