Which wacky sport would you win the Games at?
Didn’t manage to qualify for the Games this year? Don’t worry because there are plenty of others out there with unusual hidden sporting talents.
Which is why Guinness World Records have pulled together the wackiest feats ever achieved in the world of alternative sport.
All British weight lifters can take inspiration from 64 year-old John Evans who holds the 14 year-old record for the Heaviest Car Balanced on the Head (main picture above). Back in May 1999 John from Derbyshire carried a Mini Cooper, weighing 159.6kg (352lb), on his head for more than half a minute.
Everyone knows that Jamaica’s Usain Bolt is the fastest man on two legs, covering 100m in 9.58 seconds, but how would he cope on all fours? In November 2008 Japan’s Kenichi Ito recorded the Fastest 100m on All Fours in an astonishing 18.58 seconds; only 9 seconds longer than Bolt.
The 29 year-old self-proclaimed “monkey enthusiast”, pictured above, from Tokyo has spent years developing a style of running based on the movements of the West African Patas monkey.
Other records include:
Fastest 4 x 100m relay in high heels
The fastest time to run a 4 x 100 metres relay is 1 min 4.19 sec and was achieved by The Pinkettes Brittney McGlone, Jessica Penney, Laura Juliff and Casey Case (all Australia) at the Venus Embrace Closest Stiletto Relay event held in Sydney, NSW, Australia, on 28 September 2010.
Farthest throw of a person
Jonathan Macfarlane (New Zealand) threw Andrew Rainford a distance of 4.87 metres (15 ft 11 in) on the set of NZ Smashes Guinness World Records at the Sylvia Park shopping mall in Auckland, New Zealand, on 25 July 2009.
Fastest 100m bum walk
The fastest 100 metres bum walk is 11 min 59 sec, and was achieved by Miki Sakabe (Japan) at Fukagawa City Athletic Stadium, Hokkaido, Japan on 25 October 2009.
Fastest 100m on a space hopper
The women’s record for the fastest 100 m space hopper race is 39.88 sec and was set by Dee McDougall (UK) at the University of St Andrews, Fife, UK on 26 September 2004.
Fastest 100m hurdles wearing swim fins
Fastest 100 metre hurdles wearing swim fins (male) is 14.82 seconds and was achieved by Christopher Irmscher (Germany) on the set of Guinness World Records – Die Grössten Weltrekorde in Cologne, Germany, on 13 September 2008.
Longest running shin-kicking contest
The longest-running shin-kicking competition has taken place since 1636, as part of Robert Dover’s (UK) Cotswold Olimpicks, held in England, UK, since 1612.
Longest time to hold the Marinelli bend position
The longest duration to maintain a Marinelli bend is 50 seconds and was achieved by Iona Oyungerel Luvsandorj (Mongolia) on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Milan, Italy, on 18 April 2009.
The new Guinness World Records e-book Totally Bonkers Sporting Champions released today is available on iPad, Nook and Kindle.
Can you balance an egg on your nose? Or walk on your hands? Which crazy activity would win you a Gold medal at the Games? Let us know below.
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