Goalkeeper Tom King has broken the Guinness world record for the longest goal scored in a competitive football match.
King’s 105-yard (96.01-metre) shot helped English League Two side Newport County draw 1-1 with Cheltenham Town on Wednesday to beat the previous record held by former Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
The 25-year-old kicked the ball from his own 6-yard box, and the wind escorted it down the pitch and into the opposition goal.
Begovic’s 100.5-yard (91.9-metre) long-range effort had held the record for seven years. He scored against Southampton in the Premier League in 2013.
“I’m absolutely delighted, because it’s not something that I intentionally set out to do,” King said in a statement.
“I’m sure it will be talked about for a long time to come, so I’m proud, and I’m sure my family will be extremely proud too. I’ll have to drop Asmir a message to send my commiserations, but, in all honesty, it’s different territory for me because I never dreamt of being in the books that you get for Christmas every year.
“Hopefully I might actually read it if I get one for Christmas this year. I’m delighted, and hopefully no one beats it for a long time now so I can show my grandkids,” he said.
Newport County are second in League Two with two games in hand over first-place Cambridge United.
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