Georgian Strongman Allegedly Sets World Record Pulling a Boat With One Finger

Giorgi Rostomashvili pulled a 220-ton boat about 16 feet.

There must be something in the water in Georgia, because strongman Giorgi Rostomashvili just pulled a 220-ton boat about 16 feet using just one finger.

Euronews shared a video on YouTube which showed Rostomashvili pulling the boat (an ocean tug boat named the Tamara 2) using a rope tied around one of his middle fingers and the feat is nothing short of insane strength.

Rostomashvili positioned himself on his side and used a metal ladder for support, wedging himself against one rung with his foot and holding onto another with his free hand.

Some outlets pointed out that the video is edited and didn’t show the entire attempt, so there are some doubts about the veracity of the record. That said, the Georgian Records Federation jury has confirmed that Rostomashvili’s performance is a record for the heaviest boat pulled with a finger, and it’s also been reported that the Georgian Records Federation will be contacting the Guinness Book of World Records to make the pull official.

Check out the video captured by Euro News below, and let us know what you think!

According to the Dunya News, Rostomashvili is 29 years old and he took on this challenge over the weekend in Batumi, Georgia.

While we don’t know much about Rostomashvili’s past performances in strongman competitions or workouts (as far as we can tell, the man’s not active on Instagram), his performance has certainly piqued our curiosity and our desire to see him compete in international events. (At the very least, fewer people would question his feats if he managed them in a Giants Live competition.)

Pulling trucks is a typical strongman activity, but one-fingered boat pulling is certainly something different, and we’re starting to wonder if we’ll ever see someone vie to break this record. (If, of course, it’s ratified.) We’ll be sure to update this post if Guinness confirms the record, but for now we’re just going to have to  wonder how his middle finger is feeling.

Featured image from No Comment TV YouTube channel.

Celia Balf

Celia Balf

Celia is a Staff News Writer at BarBend. At the BarBend office, you can find Celia writing news stories covering the largest strength sport competitions in the world, in-depth features with world record-holders, big lifts, and everything in-between. Celia also orchestrates and helps create content for the BarBend social media pages. She is a former Division 1 soccer player turned content producer and sports journalist.

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