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    Give it a Shot

    The Leaven by Jessica Langdon CENTRALIA — Olympic athletes — from gymnasts to basketball teams — drew the world’s attention to London this summer. But the global spotlight is also illuminating the basketball courts of northeast Kansas, no less, thanks to Bob Fisher. The 54-year-old parishioner of Annunciation Church in Frankfort admits he doesn’t look like the “prototype” basketball star. And that, he believes, is what makes his journey to becoming the world’s fastest free-throw shooter so remarkable. ‘Almost all of them’ Fisher holds 14 Guinness World Records for free throws — a feat he only started working toward at age 52. Alternating with a partner. Blindfolded. Standing on one…

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    Centralia man world-class free-throw shooter

    Lawrence Journal World by Chris Duderstadt Centralia’s Bob Fisher, right, shows off his free-throw form. Fisher holds 14 Guinness world records for his free-throw shooting. Over the course of the 2012 NBA regular season, only Jamal Crawford and JJ Reddick shot better than 90 percent from the free-throw line out of those who had 100 or more attempts. Crawford and Reddick are well above average in the NBA when it comes to knocking down shots from the charity stripe, but they do not compare with Centralia resident Bob Fisher, who holds 14 Guinness world records for free-throw shooting. Fisher takes pride in all of his records and said that came…

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    Fisher Shoots at Science Festival

    Marysville Advocate by Julie Perry Setting world records in free throws was not on Bob Fisher’s agenda when he and his wife, Connie, both of Centralia, participated last weekend in the Worlds Science Festival Street Fair in Brooklyn, N.Y. Fisher, a 54-year-old who owns 14 Guinness Book of World Records in free throw shooting, performed and answered questions during the festival Sunday. An estimated 175,000 people attended the multi-day festival. Fisher was teamed with professor John Fontanella, the New York author of “Physics of Basketball.” They performed several shooting demonstrations throughout the day. That evening, professor Cynthia Bir of ESPN’s sport science placed sensors on Fisher to track his movements.…

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    FREE THROW RECORDS FALL WITH THE FLICK OF HIS WRIST

    by John Branch CENTRALIA, Kan. — With the start of the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament,  the country is once again contemplating the art of the free throw — mainly, why so many of the uncontested 15-foot, 1-point shots are missed. Nobody contemplates the lowly free throw as does Bob Fisher, a 54-year-old soil conservation technician and failed high school basketball coach. Nobody on the planet shoots them so well, so fast. In the past 26 months, Fisher has set 14 Guinness world records for free-throw shooting. He has made 33 in 30 seconds, 50 in a minute, 92 in two minutes, 448 in 10 minutes. He made 2,371 in an hour — nearly…

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    Fisher Shatters 4 of 6 Records

    March 8, 2012, Marysville Advocate by Julie Perry Four of six Guinness Book of World Records were rewritten, another was reclaimed and another was broken Monday night by Bob Fisher, Centralia, in front of about 65 people in Centralia. The audience included New York Times sports feature writer John Branch and Kansas City photojournalist Steve Hebert. Unofficially Fisher owns 14 records — timed accomplishments he started setting in January 2010. His wife Connie will submit Monday’s six achievements completed in Centralia High School’s gym and they will wait for verification, which could take up between six and eight weeks. “He’s done so much more research (on the mechanics of free-throw…

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    Fisher Achieves 3 World Records

    December 21, 2011 Marysville Advocate by Julie Perry An orange, a slice of bread spread with peanut butter and a cup of coffee was Bob Fisher’s breakfast for a champion Saturday morning. “Normally I have two cups of coffee or more, but in the flow of last-minute preparations, I forgot the second cup”, the 54-year-old survey technician for NRCS, Seneca, and Centralia resident said. Preparations for breaking more Guinness Book of World Records free-throw marks resulted in the biggest one-hour mark he has pursued since September 2010 and had attempted four times before Saturday. The hour record, which Perry Dissmore, Hartford, Ill., set on a television show is 1,968 free…

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    Fisher Tapes Show in China

    September 20, 2011  Marysville Advocate by Julie Perry A trip to Beijing, China, did not net another Guinness Book of World Records entry for Bob Fisher, but it will put him in front of his largest audience next month. Fisher and wife Connie, Vermillion, were in Beijing, from Aug. 17 to 28 to film an episode on “Zheng Da Zong Yi,” a television show that airs on CCTV and features various Guinness Book of World Records entries. The show is filmed before a studio audience and will air Oct. 7 in China to an audience of 50 million. “The China trip was amazing,” Bob Fisher said. “I don’t know how…

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    Fisher Sets 10th Guinness record, invited to China

    June 23, 2011 Marysville Advocate by Julie Perry Centralia resident Bob Fisher keeps breaking Guinness Book of World Records in free throw shooting and it has earned him a trip to China in August. On June 10, 2011 Fisher broke his 10th record, adding the most free throws made underhanded in one minute to a list of records that includes most free throws in 30 seconds; most made in one-and two minute attempts; most made in 10 minutes; most free throws made standing on one leg in a minute; most free throws in one minute with alternating hands; most free throws in two minutes with alternating hands; most free throws…

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    Fisher Helps Youths in Documentary

    March 31, 2011 Marysville Advocate by Julie Perry Nine Guinness Book of World Records has earned Bob Fisher, Centralia, recognition for his ability to shoot fast and pretty accurately from the free throw line. He returned Sunday from another event that could draw more attention with the help of Court Crandall, a screenwriter in  Compton, Caif. Crandall is working on a documentary called “Free Throw” he hopes to have ready by September for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The documentary is about the lives of eight students with a 3.0 or better grade point average who competed for a $40,000 college scholarship. And Fisher was a part…

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