A 16-year-old senior secondary school one student of Ijapo High School in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Gbenga Ezekiel, has entered the Guinness World Records for the most skips in one minute on one leg.
NCNC gathered that Ezekiel recorded 265 skips in his attempt, beating the previous record of 262 skips, which was held by Bangladesh’s Rasel Islam.
Ezekiel’s attempt became a record about four months after his attempt at the Ondo State Sports Complex in Akure.
The feat was communicated to the national coach of the Nigeria Rope Skipping Federation, Chubuisi Ukandu, and has also been updated on the Guinness World Records website.
Guinness World Records confirmed on their website that “The most skips in one minute on one leg is 265 and was achieved by Gbenga Ezekiel (Nigeria), in Akure, Nigeria, on 31 October 2022. The attempt took place at the Akure stadium”.
Following his attempt last October, the history maker had hoped it would be approved for the records and with the same enthusiasm, he couldn’t contain his joy after it was ratified.
In a chat with newsmen, Ezekiel said “I am very happy that my record has been ratified. I feel so special to be a Guinness World Record holder after taking inspiration from videos I have seen on the internet.
“I thank my coach for his efforts since he introduced me and other students to rope skipping. I am proud of my achievement and I wish to do more in the future”.
Remarkably, Ezekiel becomes the first athlete from Ondo State as well as the first Nigerian and African rope skipper to achieve a Guinness World Records title.
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