Do not try this at home!

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 30 | Updated: Aug 31 2007, 05:03am hrs
A Malaysian nicknamed King Tooth pulled a seven-coach train using a steel rope clenched in his mouth on Thursday, a feat that organizers said was a new world record for the heaviest weight pulled with teeth.

Grunting and gasping, Rathakrishnan Velus neck muscles strained and his face contorted as he hauled the 297.1-metric-tonne train over 2.8 meters along tracks.

The feat is expected to be recognised by Guinness World Records in two to three weeks after verification of the data, said Rathakrishnans manager, Anna Chidambar.

I dont know what toothpaste he uses but I am sure a lot companies will be looking to endorse their products from Rathakrishnan, said Maximus Ongkili, a Cabinet minister, who witnessed the effort at a railway station in Kuala Lumpur.

Dozens of onlookers clapped and chanted Malaysia Boleh! or Malaysia Can when Rathakrishnan sat down and pulled the train, holding both tracks for support and pushing his booted feet against the wooden rafters to propel himself backward.

Rathakrishnan, a strict vegetarian ethnic Indian, holds the previous world record for the heaviest weight pulled with teeth. He had dragged a 260.8-metric-tonne train over 4.2 meters on Oct. 18, 2003.

Rathakrishnan, who partially attributes his strength to an Indian form of meditation, was hoping to pull the heavier train more than 4.2 meters on Thursday but could manage only 2.8 meters in the first attempt.

His second and third attempts resulted in the train moving distances of 0.73 meters and 2.48 meters .

We are slightly disappointed ... he would have liked to end up with a longer distance but at the end of the day it is still a record, said Chidambar.

An exhausted Rathakrishnan spoke only briefly to reporters, saying that in addition to the meditation exercises, he runs at least 25 kilometers , lifts bars up to 250 kilograms and does jaw training daily, waking up at 4.30 am. Before beginning the attempt, Rathakrishnan closed his eyes and breathed heavily, holding the left index finger against his nose and right index finger against his chest. He then touched his forehead and the top of his head before sitting on the ground to startpulling.

AP