Meet bizarre Guinness record-breaking sportsmen: fattest man on all four

Updated: 02 Jul 2012
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Vittorio Innocente
Underwater athlete: Meet Vittorio Innocente, who became the deepest cycling underwater world record holder in 2008. He is pictured here at the London Aquarium
With the Olympics fast approaching, it's no wonder sporting fever is sweeping the globe. So when better to celebrate some of the world's more extreme athletes?

As London prepared to host the 2012 Games, the achievements of sporting heroes of a very different nature have been recognised.

Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, has unveiled a selection of the wackiest feats ever achieved in the world of alternative sport in a new book.

Some will make you marvel, others will have you gasping with astonishment and one or two could make you feel slightly nauseous.

The unique athletes who have taken record-breaking to new and outrageous extremes have been honoured in the new Guinness World Records e-book, Totally Bonkers Sporting Champions, which is available on iPad, nook and kindle.

They include New Zealand’s Veronica Torr who recorded the Fastest 100 Metre Hurdles Wearing Swim Fins - in 18.52 seconds - and Kenichi Ito, from Japan, who ran the Fastest 100m Running on All Fours in 18.58 seconds.

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; just 9 seconds longer than Bolt.

The 29 year-old self-proclaimed 'monkey enthusiast' from Tokyo has spent years developing a style of running based on the movements of the West African Patas monkey.

Britain’s Tom Daley might be a fantastic diver, but would he be willing to take the plunge into just 30cm of water?

Darren Taylor - a.k.a. Professor Splash - has over 25 years’ experience in shallow diving. In November 2011 the 50-year-old from Colorado, USA, broke his own record for the Highest Shallow Dive.

Darren made the plunge from a height of 11.20 m - 36ft 8.94 in - landing into just 30 cm - 12 in - of water.

On the heroic plunge Darren says: 'Yes, it hurts, but the pain lasts for a minute, while the glory lasts a lifetime.'

Weight lifters can take inspiration from 64-year-old John Evans who holds the 14-year record for the Heaviest Car Balanced on the Head. Back in May 1999 John from Derbyshire carried a Mini Cooper, weighing 159.6kg - 352lb - upon his head for over half a minute.

Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief, said: 'It's all very well being a professional athlete, but what about the pea-shooters, toe-wrestlers and haggis-hurlers?

'Who gives these passionate sporting heroes the credit they deserve? Thankfully, Guinness World Records is here to congratulate and celebrate these unsung heroes of the track, field and bog.'

Christopher Irmscher
Flipping impressive! Christopher Irmscher also features in the book. In Cologne, Germany, he ran the fastest 100m hurdles wearing swim fins, completing his feat in 14.82 seconds
Kevin Fast
Hauling HGVs: Kevin Fast takes it slow as he drags this lorry. In 2008 he became the Guinness World Record holder for the heaviest vehicle pulled over 100 feet
SOURCE: Daily Mail

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