As EuroBasket 2011 was officially launched with the Opening Ceremony in Lithuania’s capital city of Vilnius on Monday, thousands around the country helped make it a memorable day by helping set a new Guinness world record.

More than 61,000 fans bounced a basketball simultaneously for a period of five minutes in six cities that play host to the EuroBasket.

The record needs to be verified by the Guinness Record committee that oversees such attempts, something which was expected to happen on Tuesday.

– Reported by FIBA Europe