COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan attempt to set a world record for the largest gathering of twins may have failed Monday (Jan 20) after an unexpectedly large turnout overwhelmed organisers who vowed to try again.

Organisers from the Sri Lanka Twins group had called on multiples across the island to pack a sports stadium in the capital Colombo to try to break Taiwan's Guinness World Record set in 1999 of 3,961 pairs of twins, 37 sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.



But a bigger than expected crowd flocked to the stadium, with a long registration queue snaking around the arena as birth certificates were checked and participants posed for photographs.

Organisers said the huge turnout meant they were unable to meet strict guidelines set by Guinness World Records.

"We had more than we expected. Getting them all to go through a single entry point was not easy," Sri Lanka Twins spokeswoman Wasana Ranasinghe told AFP.

A mother of twin girls aged 10, Ranasinghe said just over 6,000 pairs – ranging from ages of three months to 89 years – had been registered during a five-hour period.



However, not all of them remained at the stadium to pose for a mandatory group photo or waited for at least five minutes, as required by the guidelines, she added.

"We will know in two weeks if we actually qualified for the record or not, but even otherwise, we have managed to raise awareness," she said.

Twin dancers perform at the event, which was overwhelmed by the unexpectedly large turnout. (Photo: AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

Ranasinghe and many others told AFP they wanted to try to break the record again if they fail this time, confident they would be able to attract a similarly large crowd.

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