Fastest shucker in the world
A new world record was set at the Havelock Mussel Festival on Saturday when Angela Fredericks smashed the record for shucking 100 mussels in under two minutes.
''I'm just glad it's over,'' was what she had to say shortly after putting down her shucking knife at the end of her attempt on the Guinness World Record for shucking 100 mussels in the quickest time.
Ms Fredericks won the chance to take on the record after winning the individual mussel shucking contest at the festival in a time of two minutes 34 seconds.
The world record, set by Kannah Keo at the festival in 2007, stood at two minutes 11 seconds and meant that Ms Fredericks would have to improve on her own time by over well over 20 seconds.
However, she took the challenge in her stride and launched into the task with amazing speed.
By the halfway mark her success looked assured as the crowd cheered her on, and only a few fumbled mussels set her back slightly.
She finished in an astonishing time of one and minute 59 seconds, a full 12 seconds ahead of the record and 35 seconds faster than her best.
''I never thought I could do this. This is only the second time I have entered this contest. I did it once about seven years ago and the team I was in got second and I got sixth in the individual contest,'' Ms Fredericks said.
Earlier in the day she helped team Kono 1 win the team event ahead of team Kono 2.
While the time recorded in the world record attempt was well clear of the standing record, it will still need to be officially confirmed by Guinness World Records.
- The Marlborough Express
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