This week marks the annual release of the world famous World Records book release – a global monster title that itself holds a world record as the best-selling copyrighted book of all time, even outselling religious titles such as ‘The Bible’… now that’s quite the statistic!
To acknowledge its release, our colleague in India caught up with a remarkable young record breaker based in the southern region of the country, who has just outdone another skater’s previous accomplishments.
Six-year-old Om Swaroop Gowda is a bit of a local celebrity in his hometown of Bangalore, India. He is in fact, rather well-known around the world with his unique record-breaking “limbo skating” skills. The six-year-old started skating at the early age of four and a half and has received much adulation for being able to do what he does. Over the years, he has mastered the art of being more flexible than a Yogi on wheels.
Recently, young Gowda smashed the world record for “Farthest Distance Limbo Skating Under Cars”
In the latest attempt which took place recently at the Orion Shopping Mall car park in Bangalore the six-year-old skating marvel managed to hold his body parallel to the ground and skate under 36 jeep vehicles in a row, covering a full distance of just over 65 meters and with his face just inches from the ground throughout. Gowda smashed the previous world record of 48.21 metres made in 2012 by another equally remarkable limbo skater.
“We are naturally very proud of our son Om Swaroop who has shown what can be achieved with hard work, determination and training and regardless of age! We are thankful to God and also to his trainer who helps him get better each time,” the boy’s father, Mr. Yogesh Gowda told us.
We also asked his father about young Om’s future aspirations and he added:
“We would like for him to pursue a future career in sport and who knows, maybe even for him to be able to compete in something like the Olympics and representing India would be a dream for him!”
His coach, Raghavendra who was one of many spectating his student on the day of the record attempt said he was equally proud of his student’s achievement and said that he looks forward to seeing how far he can take his talent and unique abilities.
With the latest book release listing a diverse motley crew of new world record holders, be prepared to see and hear about a lot of equally remarkable humans (alongside animals, giant vegetables and minerals!) who will inspire, entertain and quite likely also shock — what with your fair share of unusual ones always expected in the mix too!