“If they weren’t there I would be able to do it – it just comes naturally ”
Ratanak Keo and his sister Kannah took their sibling rivalry to the world stage at Havelock Mussel Festival.
After anchoring Sanford Christchurch to victory in the teams mussel opening event, Ratanak went on to claim the individual title.
The win gave him the right to challenge for the Guinness Book world record that currently belongs to his big sister Kannah.
Kannah set the mark of 2min11secs for opening 100 mussels after winning individual honours in 2007.
But the pressure of the 200-strong spectators weighed on Ratanak’s shoulders as he fumbled his way to a time 10 seconds over the mark.
“I was just shaking,” he told the local paper after his unsuccessful attempt.
“There were so many people watching which put the pressure on.
“If they weren’t there I would be able to do it – it just comes naturally.”
Despite the failed attempt, Ratanak said he wasn’t disappointed with the effort.
“Kannah is still one of the fastest openers at Sanford’s Christchurch processing factory,” he said.
“It’s a very fast time.”