Florian ‘Venom‘ Kohler decided the 11 Guinness World Records he held was not enough so he set out to spend a weekend The League Room in West Virginia where he managed to set 4 new world records. His latest World Records attained include: ‘Most Trick Shots Completed in 48h’, ‘Most Trick Shots in 1h’, ‘Most Trick Shots in 24h’, and ‘Longest Pool Trick Shots Marathon’
“After a very successful 24h World Record during COVID I always entertained the idea of pushing the limits even further so the idea of the Most Pool Trick Shots completed in 48h came naturally. Little did I realize how difficult it would be to actually complete this challenge.’’
With little to no rest during the 48-hour period due to the Guinness World Record only allowing 5 minutes of break per hour of shooting completed. He had a total rest time of 3h 30. Kohler had a total of three tries to perform each trick shot from the approved WPA Artistic Pool program which includes 120 shots. Once all those shots have been attempted, he had to rinse and repeat for the entirety of the 48 hours.
‘Venom’ recalled the biggest issue he faced during the 48-hour spree was the incessant backache he gained from retrieving the balls. “The ball return was really the biggest oversight. The 9ft Diamond coupled with the new Dynaspheres Paladium we used really played fantastic but after 8h or so I started to feel some pain in my lower back. I did not think much of it at first but the more I continued the worst it got to the point of being almost unbearable. About 18h in we had to pick up a back brace for me to keep going.”
Even with such difficulty, he managed to beat the 1h record by a margin of 11 shots pushing it to 69 shots completed (previously 58) and crushing the 24h one by a margin of over 430 shots as he completed 1,185 trick shots versus 753 back in 2020.
Florian was able to slow his pace but there was more uphill battle ahead of him. He kept a steady pace all up until exhaustion came for him at the 32-hour mark. “From there it really was a mental and physical fight. My stroke as well as my legs were getting slower and on top of the lower back pain, I also started to get shoulder, neck pain, blisters and even burns on my fingertips. Nevertheless, I kept pushing until 4am the next day where I started to have mild hallucinations and disorientation.
At that moment I really had to take a break and opted for a 1h nap. While it certainly helped, after I came back the clock still showed 9h left and I cannot begin to explain how long that felt. Every movement was painful and every shot got slower.” Six hours later he made the decision to combine the remaining breaks taking his last 30 min of rest and it proved to be a great decision as he was able to finish the last couple hours very strong. In this 48-hour period Florian walked 5 miles round the pool table, sunk over 5,000 balls and attempted 2,445 shots for 1,816 completed with a success rate of over 74%.
Six hours later he made the decision to combine the remaining breaks taking his last 30 min of rest and it proved to be a great decision as he was able to finish the last couple hours very strong.
In this 48-hour period Florian walked 5 miles round the pool table, sunk over 5,000 balls and attempted 2,445 shots for 1,816 completed with a success rate of over 74%.
The event was recorded in Full HD, with commentary by none other than Hall of Famer Mike Massey and Artistic Pool Pros Jason Lynch & Brian Pauley while the official referee was Vincent Enderlin from France.
You can watch Kohler's 48 Hour Marathon World Record in its entirety on the Venom Trickshots YouTube channel
This event was proudly sponsored by PoolDawg, The League Room, APA, Cuetec, Kamui, Diamond, Integrity Cues & AN9HIL8ION.