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She beats a soccer ball record

Areej Al Hammadi, a footballer from the United Arab Emirates, broke the Guinness World Record for “quick passage”, completing 86 repetitions of the ball control lap in one minute.

The previous record? A single 56, set in March in the UK.

The video tweeted by the Guinness team shows Al Hammadi on July 27 in a parking lot in Dubai, with the Burj Khalifa needle visible in the background. After a few false starts, she finds her rhythm with the hotsteppers – a spot dribbling motion in which the ball continues to bounce with alternating kicks.

“I wanted to do something special,” she says to Al Hammadi in the video. “I managed to break the record after a week of training but wanted to raise the bar on this record title to keep it, at least for a while.”

Al Hammadi, a midfielder for the UAE national soccer team, said she was not even aware of the training drill until she saw video of the record-breaking performance in March.

A graduate of the American University of Dubai, she has a day job as a graphic designer.

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