Dupay's world-record quest falls short
His right wrist throbbed, his 36-year-old legs grew rubbery and his bloodstream needed an IV or two.
Yet even in the waning moments of his pursuit of the world record for 3-pointers in a 24-hour span, Teddy Dupay's touch and tenacity remained intact.
The former University of Florida sharpshooter's quest ended Thursday afternoon in a tiny Ybor City gymnasium with his 5,000th NBA-length 3-pointer, less than half the Guinness World Record total (10,381) amassed by Daniel Loriaux in Tigard, Ore., in the summer of 2012. Dupay's 12-year-old daughter, Hannah, was retrieving balls for him when he finished to an ovation from an audience of several dozen.
"Incredibly difficult," said Dupay, who hit 66.2 percent of his attempts (5,000-for-7,555). "I have a lot of respect for the guy who did it."
"There were several times (Wednesday) where I was like, 'Gosh, I'm hurting so bad, it's so painful. I don't think anybody would blame me (for quitting).' But then I thought all these (kids) watching, and they don't know the difference. All they know is that I said you never quit. So I didn't quit."
Dupay's attempt still raised approximately $50,000 for three local non-profit groups aimed primarily at helping economically disadvantaged kids. Among them is The Prep of South Tampa, where Dupay now operates his self-named basketball academy. His personal transformation after a series of high-profile missteps -- including gambling allegations that cost him his senior season at Florida -- were chronicled in this Times story earlier this week.
"It was just an incredible event for Tampa today," he said.