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World Domino Record Claimed by Dutch Students

December 29, 1986

LISSE, Netherlands (AP) _ Forty-five engineering students have claimed a world record for domino chain reactions, tumbling 755,836 dominoes in a 45-minute extravaganza.

The previous record for a domino chain reaction was 518,000, and was set in Japan two years ago, according to project spokesman Bart Bijsterveld.

Sergio Orlandini, the president of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, nudged the first domino to set off the chain reaction in a flower exhibit hall in this western Dutch town on Saturday.

The airline sponsored the event, which was nationally televised.

Alan Russell of the International Guinness Book of Records was on the scene to monitor the successful assault on the record, and confirmed that a new mark had been set by the Dutch students, according to Bijsterveld.

The final domino chain was 13 miles long, took the participants six weeks to set up and covered an area of 60 by 30 yards. The dominoes wound around replicas of famous Dutch buildings built by the students from technical schools in Enschede, Eindhoven and Delft.

″It was very exciting and I’m awfully tired,″ Bijsterveld told The Associated Press. ″We worked the last six weeks 20 hours a day.″

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