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Man Who Can Flip Cars With His Bare Hands Goes One Better And Pulls A Ferris Wheel

An Austrian athlete has fulfilled a long-time dream by moving Munich's "Hi-Sky" ferris wheel by hand, saying every second of his world record was painful but that he was overjoyed.

Tied to ropes attached to the ferris wheel which he pulled with his full weight, Franz Muellner from Austria managed to get the wheel moving under conditions he described as "brutal".

That looks wheely intense. Photo: Matthias Balk/picture alliance via Getty Images

Muellner calls himself the "Austrian rock" and holds other record titles such as for "frying pan rolling," the destruction of beer cans with his stomach and pulling 50 children up a ski slope, according to his internet site.

Muellner set a world record in 2009 for flipping a car eight times in five minutes in Vienna. Photo: DIETER NAGL/AFP via Getty Images

Asked what the secret to his success on Thursday was, Muellner told reporters the most important thing was to "get it moving right away".

"Once it moves it's okay. That's what's difficult. I needed to give 100 percent, 110 percent to pull it off. If I stop, that's it, I don't get a second chance," said Muellner, out of breath.

"It has to work the first time, otherwise you stand no chance. I pulled between 300 to 400 kilos to get it off. That's like if you had to lift up half a ton. It was brutal."

His world record was certified by Hamburg-based 'Record Institute for Germany.'

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Munich's "Hi-Sky" is the world's largest mobile ferris wheel and its 27 air-conditioned glass gondolas reach a height of almost 80 metres, according to its owners.

While Muellner said that the ferris wheel's weight was 750 tons, his newly obtained certificate puts the weight at double that: 1,500 tons.

While the exact weight remained unclear, the ferris wheel appeared to be heavy.

Feature Image:  Matthias Balk/picture alliance via Getty Images